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A rare set of straw marquetry counter boxes, French, mid 18th century
rectangular,each decorated in pink, yellow green and naural straw, in the manner of Mariaval le jeune, the outer case with an orange tree in its tub above the motto: Ie promets et ie tiens, within flowers, strapwork and scrolls, the interior striped and fitted with four cut-cornered rectangular counter boxes each decorated with symbols and mottos with scrolled ornament, now containing 12 straw work beads, a bracelet and fragments of a linked watch chain
case 18cm., 7 in. wide, boxes 8.2cm., 3 1/8 in. wide
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Luxurious counter boxes for various card games such as quadrille were popular accessories for the wealthy in 18th century France. The four colours used in their decoration represented the four suits: green for diamonds, red for spades, yellow for clubs and white for hearts. Most commonly to be found in ivory, many are inscribed with the name of their maker Mariaval le jeune, either à Paris or à Rouen. Although decorated straw work linings to tortoiseshell snuff boxes are known, it is extremely uncommon to find a complete counter set.

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