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A pearl-set gold and enamel musical domino set, Bautte & Moynier, Geneva, 1804-1808

Auction Closed

July 5, 02:05 PM GMT

Estimate

250,000 - 400,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

A pearl-set gold and enamel musical domino set, Bautte & Moynier, Geneva, 1804-1808


rectangular, the lid centred with an oval vignette enamelled with Cupid sailing on his quiver before a mountainscape, within split-pearl frame, surrounded by translucent blue enamel over striped engine-turning, within fine gold and opaque white enamel rims and a border of 37 half pearls along each long side and another 9 pearls along the left short side, the right applied with a slightly raised scrolling split-pearl thumpbiece and inset with a stylised shell ornament of gold-mounted graduated pearls, the sides with translucent blue enamel panels over striped engine-turning, flanked by opaque blue taille d'épargne trefoil borders within black enamel frames and decorated with rectangular enamel panels representing the four seasons, the right side with a hinged key compartment containing a matching oval pearl-set gold and enamel key, the sliding lid opening to reveal a concealed musical compartment and a complete set of 28 domino counters, each enamelled in translucent blue over chequered engine-turning around numbers formed of split pearls framed by white enamel emulating tesserae, the reverse in translucent scarlet enamel over lozenge engine-turning within a gold and white enamel border corresponding to the rim framing the sliding panel, in a fitted silk-lined velvet case, the underside with paper label with the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha coat of arms including the motto 'fideliter et constanter'

11.3cm., 4½in. wide

By tradition, Her Majesty Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)

Probably Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-1884);

Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Albany, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884-1954);

Thence by direct descent until sold, Christie’s Geneva, 20 November 1974, lot 233;

Christie’s Geneva, 10 May 1983, Lot 61

where acquired by the current owner