A Louis XV gold and amber snuff box,  by Jean-François Breton, Paris 1767, with the charge and discharge marks of Jean-Jacques Provost,
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A Louis XV gold and amber snuff box, by Jean-François Breton, Paris 1767, with the charge and discharge marks of Jean-Jacques Provost,
Sold for £26,400 (US$ 44,373) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Louis XV gold and amber snuff box,
by Jean-François Breton, Paris 1767, with the charge and discharge marks of Jean-Jacques Provost,
of upright oval form the cover with a central gold relief plaque depicting Cupid seated in a ruined temple surrounded by the symbols of Love; his bow and quiver of arrows, two turtle doves and the fire of ardour burns on an altar behind, all within a geometrically chased gold frame, set on a radiating ground of alternate amber and chased gold bands, the applied gold cage mount pierced with bell husks and scrolls, the mount to the side of the cover pierced with a tongue, bell husk and stiff leaf motif, the sides with chased gold and amber decoration above a bell husk and scroll mount ensuite to the cover, the base with a central gold blind fret stylised patera, gold lined interior, height 3.7cm, length 8.1cm.

Footnotes

  • Jean-Francois Breton or Lebreton was apprenticed to Etiènne Polle at the age of 14, on 29 June 1727. He was registered as master on 7 September 1737, sponsored by Pollet, his address was given as le pont au Change. He continues to appear in the records until 1787 (Nocq Vol 1, page 196). A box from the Louvre with a similar chased panel to the cover is illustrated on the same page.
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