A SMALL FOUR-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF BOX, DOMINIQUE-FRANÇOIS POITREAU, PARIS, 1768 |
5,000 - 8,000 EUR
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- 6.8cm, 2 5/8 in wide, 106.9gr.
oval, the lid and base with shaped cartouches chased with pastoral trophies on a polished ground within garland borders, the sides with musical trophies and nosegays on a similar ground divided by swagged pilasters, maker's mark, charge and discharge marks of Julien Alaterre, Paris date letter for 1768
Unusually for a goldsmith, Dominique-François was the son of a landscape and portrait painter and member of the Académie Royale, Etienne Poitreau. He was apprenticed at the age of 16, in 1741, to Pierre Ferrat and became master, sponsored by the gold box maker Pierre-François Delafons, in 1757. He lived and worked in the Cour Neuve du Palais until his retirement in 1781. There are chased gold boxes by Poitreau in the Louvre, the Victoria & Albert and other museums. Surprisingly his mark was one of the most commonly copied by later makers and affixed to quite unsuitable boxes as identified by Charles Truman (The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Renaissance jewels, gold boxes, etc., London, 1984,