The gold and enamel Washington-Marquis De Lafayette Order of the Society of the Cincinnati
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4,000,00010,000,000
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The gold and enamel Washington-Marquis De Lafayette Order of the Society of the Cincinnati
Estimate
4,000,00010,000,000
LOT SOLD. 5,305,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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Details & Cataloguing

The gold and enamel Washington-Marquis De Lafayette Order of the Society of the Cincinnati

Designer: Pierre Charles L'Enfant (1754-1825)

Maker: Attributed to Duval and Francastel and associated firms, Paris, December 1783-April, 1784

Finely chased gold in the form of an eagle, head left, its wings spread and down swept, its legs splayed, all within a surrounding oval laurel wreath with prominent berries, the leaves highlighted with green enamel (losses); the base of the wreath is bound with cris-cross ribands; above, a pair of cascading interlinked cornucopiae form the loop from which the hanger is attached.  Inset into the eagle's chest is an oval medallion; the motto reads, OMNIA•RELINQT•SERVARE•REMPU• (Abbreviation of: "Omnia Reliquit Servare Republicam":  He left everything to serve the republic)  or: "He abandons everything to serve his country" in gold letters, set into a deep blue enamel surround.  In the center, two Roman senators present a sword to Cincinnatus, who stands by his plow.  The whole highlighted by red enamel background above: below, green enamel. The reverse, as above, but eagle's head right. The motto reads, VIRT•PRÆM•SOCI•CIN•RUM•INST•AD•1783•  (Abbreviation of: "Virtutis Præmium Societas Cincinnatorum Instituta A.D. 1783": Reward [of] valor The Society of the Cincinnati Founded A.D. 1783) in gold letters set into the blue enamel surround.  In the center of the medallion, Cincinnatus stands right, next to his plow, the sun rising above right, and his hut to the left. Highlighted with red enamel in the background, green enamel below. The hanger of an elaborate double rope-twist design.  Suspended from the, almost certainly original, 'deep blue' [i.e. sky blue] silk ribbon edged with white; gold buttonhole loop attached.

Dimensions: 1 ½ x 1 ⅛ in. (38 x 26 mm); total length with ribbon and clasp, 5 ½ in. (140 mm)

Housed in a contemporary red morocco presentation box, almost certainly of American manufacture, the top with gilt-tooled border and lettered in gilt Washington's | Cincinnati | Badge, box lined in white silk with white velvet support, box closing a foot with a single hook clasp

Dimensions: 2 ⅝ x 2 ⅛ x  ¾ in. (65 x 53 x 19 mm)


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