TWO GOLD-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL PIQUÉ BOXES, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
the first a dark tortoiseshell boîte à ballon, Naples, circa 1730, inlaid in gold piqué posé et point the lid with two putti on patterned grounds within scrollwork, the base with a diaper pattern round a central rosette; and an octagonal tortoiseshell miniature case, the panels probably French, circa 1700, decorated in two colour gold piqué point with formal motifs, later reeded mounts, containing a miniature of a man with pointed beard, ruff and armour, 19th century,
the first in excellent condition for this type of work, a few minor losses to the piqué posé throughout, two small surface chips to tortoiseshell on the base, one fine crack on the left side (ca. 2 cm long), barely visible from the outside; the second in equally good order with almost non piqué missing, some surface wear to tortoiseshell on the base, lid on the lower half not closing entirely flush, miniature slightly loose
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