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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

A three-colour gold portrait snuff box
Estimate
3,5004,500
LOT SOLD. 5,400 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
81

THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

A three-colour gold portrait snuff box
Estimate
3,5004,500
LOT SOLD. 5,400 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A three-colour gold portrait snuff box

René-Antoine Bailleul, charge mark of Julien Alaterre, discharge of Jean-Baptiste Fouache, Paris, 1774, the rim numbered: 744

oval, the lid inset with an oval miniature of a lady, almost full face, by George Engleheart, with powdered hair under a blue-ribbonned cap, white ruffled chemise under a black lace tippet, the ground scale engine-turned within chased acanthus borders


width 6.5cm, 2 1/2 in
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Catalogue Note

It is known that René-Antoine Bailleul was baptised in 1741 and became master from the rue de Harlay, under the patronage of his uncle, Sébastien Chéret, in 1769. He remained at the same address, selling 'le bijou' until 1781 when he moved to the quai des Orfèvres where he is recorded for the next ten years. The almanach mentions Bailleul as a jeweller and on 31st March 1774, the same year as this box was made, posters were put up offering a four louis reward for the return of a lost gold box, decorated with the portrait of a girl and coloured gold trophies. Nocq notes that Bailleul presented very small quantities of gold for marking and concludes, somewhat surprisingly given the quite normal number of boxes extant, that he must have produced very little (Le poinçon de Paris, Paris, 1926-1931, vol. I, p.44).

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