12 June 2006
A SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE
Geneva, circa 1780/1800, with prestige marks including maker's mark 'LFT', a pseudo-parisian date-letter crowned 'K', a rosette resembling the charge mark of Julien Alaterre and a hen's head resembling the discharge mark of Julien Berthe, later struck with the Austrian tax mark ('Goldrepunze') for Lemberg (Lvov/Lviv), 1806/1807, and two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold
Circular box, the independent cover, sides and base enamelled in translucent blue and scattered with gold paillon stars and pellets on an engine-turned ground of radiating concentric circles, within white enamel borders, the frosted gold borders enamelled with a blue enamel band twisted with a translucent green garland of leaves, the sablé side dividers similarly decorated
2 3/16 in. (56 mm.) diam.
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Eight gold boxes by this prolific goldsmith, all identically marked as the present box, are in the Louvre (see S. Grandjean, Les tabatières du musée du Louvre, Paris, 1981, nos. 566-568, 570-574).
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