LATE 18TH CENTURY SWISS WORK.
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Diamond-shaped vinaigrette with enameled gold and bordered with pearls. The hinged lid is decorated with four winged cupid heads floating in the clouds. The sides of the lid are embellished with a taille d'épargne frieze with alternating flowers and dots in blue enamel. The body of the vinaigrette is decorated with translucent, royal blue enamel that leaves the intricate geometric pattern in the gold underneath visible. A band of white enamel frames the blue. Inside the vinaigrette is a protective grill featuring a floral motif that was used to hold a perfumed sponge in place.
Length: 1.8 in / Width: 1.1 in Weight: 0.7 oz (20 g)
Gold mark: Tête de coq (Rooster head) 1798-1809.
Master goldsmith mark: I G C R Probably Swiss craftsmanship, from the end of the 18th century.
Price: On request.