A LOUIS XVI ENAMELED GOLD OVAL SNUFF BOX, JOSEPH-ÉTIENNE BLERZY, PARIS, 1784
decorated with panels of royal blue translucent enamel semé with gold stars over wavy engine-turning, the cover mounted with richly colored classical enamel scene, borders of opalescent enamel pearls and translucent leaves, the sides with pilasters of ribbon-hung oval frames containing silhouetted trees on translucent pink ground, with later leather case
marked inside base, cover and side with maker’s mark, charge mark of Henry Clavel, 1783-89, date letter for 1784, the rim with tête de vanneau discharge and two later eagle head control marks, the rim also stamped 584
length 3¼ in.
Minor losses of enamel to green leaves, miniature now secured by four gold studs visible inside cover, minor scratches also inside cover, otherwise good.
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The Louvre contains several comparable boxes by this prolific maker. Particularly close in decoration is an etui of 1783. See Serge Grandjean, Les Tabatières du Musée du Louvre, nos. 27-41, no. 40.
Joseph-Étienne Blerzy 1768-1809 was apprenticed 27 February 1750 to Francois-Joachim Aubert and became master in 1768. He worked first on the Pont au Change at la ville de Leipzig. His house was demolished in 1786 and he moved to 41 Rue de la Monnaie and before 1805 transferred to Rue du Coq-Saint-Honoré.