28 November 2006
A VERY FINE LOUIS XV FOUR-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
by Jean-Baptiste Lizon (fl. 1757-1793), marked, Paris, 1762/1763, with the charge mark of Eloy Brichard 1756-1762 and the discharge mark of Jean-Jacques Prévost 1762-1768, later struck with two French post-1893 import marks for gold
Large oval box, the cover and base boldly chased in four-colour gold with trophies symbolizing the quadrivium of the Seven Liberal Arts, with arithmetic, geometry and astronomy on the lid, and music on the base, all suspended with a ribbon from a floral swag, against a horizontally reeded ground, the sides similarly chased with trophies of gardening, hunting, love and music on floral festoons, the V-shaped four side dividers with fluted rims, all borders chased with a tongue motif interspersed by shells
3 3/8 in. (86 mm.) wide
6 1/3 oz. (181 gr.)
Formerly Y. Bauché Collection.
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For another box by this rare goldsmith, see lot 20.
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