Lot 713
  • 713

A miniature gold, purpurine and heliotrope desk seal, French or Italian, circa 1845

Estimate
2,000 - 3,000 GBP
Sold
2,500 GBP
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Description

  • A miniature gold, purpurine and heliotrope desk seal, French or Italian, circa 1845
  • gold, purpurine, bloodstone
surmounted by a chained monkey with begging bowl, on a purpurine support, the bloodstone matrix engraved with monogram, apparently OASE, below a continental untitled nobleman's coronet

Catalogue Note

See Henri Vever, La bijouterie française au XIXe siècle, Paris, 1906, vol. I, pp. 313-6, for examples of monkeys and other animals modelled around 1845 by the artist Hubert Obry for use on cravat pins and fob seals.
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