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'The Sun King'. An impressive  hardstone commemorative urn with jewelled gold and enamel mounts, late 19th century
the blue-john vase resting on a square mottled agate base, on four gold button supports, the whole richly apparelled with gold tassels, acanthus and strapwork in Régence taste, the body encircled by a band of openwork gold strapwork and foliage with a fleur-de-lis and the mononogram 'L' crowned and two oval scarlet enamel medallions applied in relief with gold cliché profile portraits of Louis XIV and his first consort, Marie Thérèse of Spain, within rose diamond frames, the swirling gold scroll handles surmounted by carved hardstone turbanned heads, apparently unmarked
13.5cm.,5 1/4 in. high
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Provenance

Anonymous vendor, Sotheby's Geneva, 12 November 1987, lot 378

Catalogue Note

The companion piece or pair to this urn is decorated with the crowned initial 'M' in place of Louis XIV's cipher, see Christie's Geneva, 14 May 1985, lot 12, where the vase is described as 'probably Dresden, circa 1715'.

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