There is some uncertainty about Chollet’s first maker’s mark which has been clearly explained by Charles Truman in his description of the well-known gold and enamel box of 1756 in the form of a chaise percée in the Wallace Collection, which is attributed to Chollet and appears to be struck with the same maker’s mark as that on the current box. In both cases, the mark is AAC not EAC with an unidentifiable diférent between. As Truman puts it ‘although the device does not appear to be a triangle, it would be unwise to identify it firmly as a cockerel. However, it seems unreasonable to assume that this is not Chollet’s mark since no other goldsmith had registered the initials AAC at this date’ (The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Gold Boxes, London, 2013, no. 13, p. 92). Truman suggests that the clerk recording the first mark may have misheard Chollet’s pronunciation of his name since neither of his initials is ‘E’ and the fact that a new mark was entered in 1764 was intended to regularise the situation.
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