5 June 2007
A LOUIS XV GOLD-MOUNTED LACQUER CARNET-DE-BAL SET WITH MINIATURES
Paris, probably 1768, with the charge mark of Jean-Jacques Prevost 1762-1768 and the discharge mark of Julien Alaterre 1768-1774, maker's mark badly struck, later struck with two French post-1864 import marks for gold
Rectangular turquoise blue lacquer étui-à-tablettes, the cover applied with pierced gold inscription 'SOUVENIR' on the front and 'D'AMITIE' on the back, both sides of the base set with glazed oval gouache on ivory miniatures of a lady in lilac dress with flowers in her high-piled upswept powdered hair and a gentleman in plum-coloured coat on the reverse, both within stamped ribbon-twist gold mounts, the reeded gold mounts chased with chevrons of leaves, inside a gold-capped pencil and gold-riveted three-leaved ivory tablets
3¼ in. (82 mm.) high
Baron Schröder (1825-1910) Collection, The Dell, Old Windsor; (+) Christie's, London, 5 July 1910, lot 222 (45 gns. to Bingel).
Sotheby's, London, 26 June 1978, lot 33 (the miniatures as by Antoine Vestier).
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