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18th Century French Three-Colour Gold Oval Box
REF: 243845 / LA226231
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An 18th century French three-colour gold box, the oval form with chased decoration of flowers, fruit, a lute, a quiver of arrows and further pastoral scenes with birds to the base and hinged lid, all in oval reserves and within floral and husk motif borders. Various marks maker's mark for Jean-Louis Désir, Paris charge and discharge marks, July 1776-July1777, and later French eagle guarantee mark struck twice. Length 2.75' (7cm). Box was previously sold at Sothebys in 2016. Appears in good overall condition with the decoration retaining much brightness and colour. There is a small hole in one of the fruit panels. Further tiny hole through one of the discharge marks on the side and seen from the interior. Hinged lid appears in good working order and closes flush and securely. Various struck marks to interior lid, base and sides, some partly worn and distorted. In addition to French marks, also a probable later Dutch tax mark.
Antiques in Oxford has clarified that the 18th Century French Three-Colour Gold Oval Box (LA226231) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1776
Very good see above description
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