A single example of this model, also retaining the portrait medallion of Marie-Antoinette was sold from the Estate of Belle Linsky, Sotheby’s, New York, May 21, 1988, lot 86. The other known examples of this model include a pair from the collection of Baron Edouard de Rothschild, Paris (F. Morton, The House of Rothschild in “Holiday”, Vol. 30, no. 3., September 1961, p. 37) and a pair from the collection of Djahanguir Riahi, sold Christie’s London, December 6, 2012, lot 4 ($214,133).
An attribution to the celebrated ciseleur-doreur, Pierre Gouthière (1732-c. 1813) has been suggested on the basis of certain constructional techniques and the use of dorure au mat. Indeed, the pair exhibited by Lord Duveen in the 1933 exhibition Three French Reigns is attributed to this maker.
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