A Louis XVIII embroidered, metal-thread and silk satin armorial small portfolio
first quarter 19th century, Louis XVIII reigned 1814-1824
delicately worked in chenille, silk and metal-threads and spangles, against a warm ivory coloured silk satin ground, the front with a shaped flap, with a gilt-metal shell and shield shaped clasp, the design worked with a radiant sun cartouche enclosing the entwined ‘L’ cypher, the lower corners of the portfolio applied with a metal-thread fleur-de-lys motif, the edges worked with design of scrolling trail of berried oak and laurel, the reverse similarly worked, and centred with the coat-of-arms of the Duke of Bourbon, surmounted with a crown, and with the collar and Maltese cross, each corner worked with the motif of a cornucopia filled with fruiting grape vines, opening to reveal two concertinaed compartments, and inner envelope slim dividing compartment
approximately 22.3cm. high, 31cm. wide; 8in., 1ft.
Sotheby's, Monaco, 21 February 1988, lot 677