A FOUR-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF BOX, L.P. BARBIER OR N.P. BRICART, PARIS, 1774/5 |
5,000 - 7,000 GBP
bidding is closed
- 6.5cm., 2 1/2 in. wide
oval, the lid with a central oval panels chased with amorous trophies, the lid, sides and base moiré engine-turned within acanthus borders, maker's mark, charge marks of J. Alaterre and J.B. Fouache, date letter L for 1774/5, discharge and contremarque of J.B. FouacheOnly the second two letters of the makers mark are legible which means that it could be either that of Louis-Philippe Barbier or Nicolas-Pierre Bricart, both of whom are known to have made gold boxes. Barbier had entered his mark in 1764, sponsored by Jean Lambert Payen, another gold worker, but died in 1777. Bricart entered his mark in July 1774, a few days after the commencement of date letter L. In 1776 he was imprisoned for illegally marking snuff boxes of below-standard gold but evidently was allowed to continue in business as he is last recorded in 1807.