A GROUP OF THREE BOÎTES À MINIATURES, PROBABLY FRENCH, VARIOUS DATES
all circular, the first of striped buff-coloured lacquer, the lid inset with an oval miniature on ivory of a gentleman wearing uniform, gold mounts, circa 1775/1780; the second of plum-coloured poudre d’écaille, the lid inset with a miniature of a lady on ivory with high-piled hair, gold bead frame, circa 1785; the third of striped green lacquer, the lid later inset with an English enamel plaque painted with Charity, below a banner inscribed: May charity ever distinguish masons’ gold mounts; all with tortoiseshell lining
7.9cm., 3⅛in. diameter; 6.1cm., 2⅜in. diameter; 6.4cm., 2½in. diameter
The first one with a tiny hole to the gold base rim, several losses to laquer throughout;
the second with light surface cracks to lid and base, miniature in good condition;
the thid with several cracks and losses to laquer, the miniature with slight loss of paint below the upper rim, losses to laquer on lid
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."