Sold Without Reserve
A FRENCH LOUIS XIV STYLE RED MOROCCO LEATHER CASKET WITH COAT OF ARMS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
with slightly domed lid centered by the royal crown and fleurs de lys, the damask-lined interior with retailer’s paper label ‘Léon Gruel, Relieur d’Art/Objets et Livres Anciens/418 Rue St. Honoré/Paris’
height 9 ½ in.; width 23 ¾ in.; depth 17 ½ in.
24.1 cm; 60.3 cm; 44.5 cm
structure is in good condition with moderate wear to the leather surface and gilt detailing of the exterior of the trunk. Brass fittings are in good condition with surface patina, intrior of the box is in good condition with brocade fabric also in good condition. Interior bearing label "Leon Gruel, Relieur d'Art, Objets st Livres Ancient, 418, Rue St. Honore, Paris". Missing Key
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.
Christie's New York, 20 November 1982, lot 9
The Gruel firm of book dealers and bookbinders, founded in 1811, 'always had the highest reputation..for initiative in artistic matters, as well as for irreproachable execution in the detail of its many-sided achievements' (S. Prideaux, Bookbinders and their Craft). Leon Gruel (d. 1923) took over the firm in 1891