11 April 2002
A LOUIS XVI IVORY EROTIC BOÎTE-À-SURPRISE
Circular ivory box, the independent lid set with a miniature of a young lady wearing large black hat with ostrich feathers, in very low-cut white muslin dress with lavender bodice, within a gold frame stamped with flowerheads and foliage, the base of the box unscrewing to reveal a secret compartment containing an erotic miniature featuring two ladies in a boudoir assisting a gentleman in sharpening his tool, the inside of the box lined with red and black flecked tortoiseshell
3 in. (77 mm.) diam.
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-84).
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