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A GERMAN HARDSTONE AND GOLD BONBONNIERE
BY JOHANN CHRISTIAN NEUBER, DRESDEN, CIRCA 1780-1790, UNMARKED
Circular inlaid with specimens of hardstones (agate, red agate, petrified wood, quartz, amethyst and coral) within gold mounts à jour, the lid with replaced central agate panel within simulated pearls and radiating panel with scrolling ribbon border
Johann Christian Neuber (1737-1808) and his father-in-law, Heinrich Taddel, are credited with developing the technique of Zellenmosaik, that of setting hardstones in frames or cells, used on the most highly sought-after Dresden hardstone boxes. Neuber became master in 1763. In 1769, Neuber succeeded his wife's father, Heinrich Taddel, as Director of the prestigious Grünes Gewölbe. By 1775, he had been appointed official jeweller to the Saxon court and was frequently commissioned to make gold boxes, watchcases, chatelaines, notebooks, chains and table decorations for Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (see C. Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, Los Angeles, 1921, p.230).