EXCEPTIONAL GOLD SNUFFBOX WITH PORTRAIT, CIRCA 1809-1819
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Large and exceptional rectangular snuffbox in gold, featuring an oval portrait of a woman on ivory. The hinged lid is decorated with a half-length portrait of a woman on a gray background wearing a white, empire-waist gown and a red wrap embellished with a thin stripe. The woman is also wearing a coral parure set of a bandeau, earrings, and a necklace. The portrait is framed with intricately sculpted rinceaux on a matte gold background. The body of the box is embellished with four checkerboard panels framed in rinceaux friezes on a matte gold background. These same motifs of checkerboard and rinceaux also appear on the corners and base of the snuffbox.
Master silversmith: Augustin-André Héguin. He became Master Goldsmith on April 16, 1785, having been inducted by Jean-Joseph Barrière. He began by making mainly simple and enameled snuffboxes and was one of Grancher's suppliers at Petit Dunkerque, a guarantee of quality. He continued to work after the Revolution, inscribing a new hallmark in 1804/1805 for 'le gros et le petit bijou', located at 11 rue de la Monnaie, before moving to 27 place Thionville (formerly place Dauphine) in 1811.
Miniaturist: J.A. (Joseph Alphonse) Boichard, a student of Vincent, the painter. He displayed his miniatures regularly at the Salon de Paris from 1804 to 1819.
Price : 22000 €
Era: Early 19th century.
Dim: L 8,2 cm/ H 2 cm/ P 6 cm.
Dim: L 3,22 in/ H 0,78 in/ P 2,36 in.
Gold marks: Rooster and Lion head (1809-1819).
Master Goldsmith: Nicolas Huguet, Paris (1787-1799), 24 Quai des orfèvres Paris.
Miniature signed: Joseph Alphonse Boichard.