Related literature :
O. de Schaetzen, P. Colman, Orfèvrerie liégeoise, Antwerp, 1976, p. 135, no. 31 ;
P. Colman (dir.), L'orfèvrerie civile ancienne du Pays de Liège, exh. cat. Musée de l'art wallon, Liège, 1991, pp. 79, 84, 89, 90, 92.
Charles Antoine and his wife, Isabelle de Garadette (1659-1697), had an extensive number of descendants and commissioned several pieces to the goldsmith Berthelot Labeen of Lambermont, such as four candlesticks, engraved with the arms of the Salms and Flaveau, on the occasion of the marriage of Marie Catherine de Salms, daughter of Charles Antoine, with Philippe Jacques Flaveau de Henry de la Raudière (cf. P. Colman, op. cit., 1990, 90).
Such embossing with large foliage and flowers on a matted ground is typical in Liège silver production during the reign of Prince-Bishop Jean-Louis d'Elderen (1688-1694), of which Berthelot Labeen of Lambermont is one of the most iconic goldsmiths. See for example a cloth brush, showing an absolutely identical vegetal pattern to our boxes, with comparable dimensions and dating 1702-1703 (fig. 2; length 15.8 cm). Alongside his secular production, Labeen of Lambermont produced sumptuous religious pieces such as the monstrance-reliquaries of the Saints Innocents and Saint Fortunat, in the church of Saint-Nicolas in Liège.
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