A LOUIS XVI VARICOLOR GOLD OVAL SNUFF BOX, JEAN-EDMÉ JULLIOT, PARIS, 1785
the top chased with a trophy of love with birds and musical instruments, the surfaces engine-turned with stars on wavy ground, chased borders of entwined foliage and beads on matted ground
marked inside base, cover, and side with maker’s mark, charge mark of Henry Clavel and date letter for 1785, the rim with ewer discharge mark for exported works
length 3⅜ in.
Minor dimples on right side, and one below hinge. Slight wear to high spots.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Jean-Edmé Julliot was apprenticed to Jean-François Breton on 18 June 1747; however, he was sponsored by Charles-Barnabé Sageret 3 February 1772 as Master. Working first on the pont au Change, he moved to rue de Harlay. Two boxes and an etui, 1777, 1783 and 1784, by him are at the Louvre (Serge Grandjean, Les Tabatières du Louvre, nos. 132-133 and 134, pp. 118-119). A gold and Sevres porcelain snuff box 1776 and a gold and enamel box 1775 are at Waddesdon Manor (Serge Grandjean et al, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, nos. 53 and 57, pp. 116-7 and 127-8).