A Louis XVI enameled gold oval snuff box, Charles-Alexandre Bouillerot, Paris, 1778
15,000 - 25,000 USD
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- marked inside base, cover, and side, and with discharge on rim
- gold, enamel
- length 3 1/8 in.
- 8 cm
decorated with sepia trees, in the manner of moss agate on translucent pale pink ground, with simulated pearl borders on blue ground, the sides with chased laurel and bead garlands at intervals
From a long line of goldsmiths, Charles Alexandre Bouillerot entered his mark in 1769, sponsored by his father Jean-Louis Bouillerot, living at rue des Arcis. He was elected garde in 1786 and 1787. He is listed at rue du Haut Moulin until 1785, rue de la Harpe from 1786-88, and quai Pelletier from 1789-91. The royal almanac of 1792 lists him as one of the 18 elected representatives for the Arcis area, as merchant goldsmith, former captain of the Voluntary National Guard, aged 57. Henry Nocq gives an account of an incident in which he sues a M. Dubail, agent of Grancher of le Petit Dunkerque, for the loss of a round box enameled “en agathe arborisee” in 1782. The enamel described is probably the same technique as the present box only with simulated stone background. It is interesting to note through this incident that he may have supplied boxes to le Petit Dunkerque, the fashionable marchard mercier of the time (Henry Nocq, Le Poincon de Paris, vol. 1, pp. 164-165).