Five objects of vertu, various origins and dates
a rectangular gold-mounted tortoiseshell box, the lid with a glazed panel chased with children at play, unmarked, early 19th century; a circular blond tortoiseshell bonbonnière with gold ropetwist mounts, French, circa 1780; a circular gold-mounted magnifying glass with circular tortoiseshell case inlaid in multi-coloured gold piqué point with an exotic bird, mid 18th century; and a small rectangular notebook with shagreen covers applied with gold flowers and mounts, circa 1770; a gold-mounted shell snuff box, Claude-René Delabruyère, Paris, circa 1805, the lid and base of olive porphyria, the gold mounts with diaper engine turning and scrolling foliage to either side, maker's mark, Paris 3e titre et petite garantie
7.5cm., 3 in.; 6cm., 2 3/8 in.; 7cm., 3 in.; 5cm., 2 in.; 6.8cm., 2 3/4 in. wide
The magnifying glass was formerly in the collection of the art historian Sir Karl Parker C.B.E., his sale, Sotheby's, 3 July 1967, lot 14.