A Louis XV lapis lazuli and gold mounted snuff box, engraved Gouers À Paris to the rim and with the discharge mark of Charles Cordier 1722-27, by Daniel Gouers, the miniature by Gustav Klingstedt (1657-1734)
Lot 59
A Louis XV lapis lazuli and gold mounted snuff box,
engraved Gouers À Paris to the rim and with the discharge mark of Charles Cordier 1722-27, by Daniel Gouers, the miniature by Gustav Klingstedt (1657-1734)
Sold for £55,250 (US$ 71,617) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Ducal Collection of Hardstone Boxes: Collected by the 7th Duke of Wellington.
A Louis XV lapis lazuli and gold mounted snuff box, engraved Gouers À Paris to the rim and with the discharge mark of Charles Cordier 1722-27, by Daniel Gouers, the miniature by Gustav Klingstedt (1657-1734) A Louis XV lapis lazuli and gold mounted snuff box, engraved Gouers À Paris to the rim and with the discharge mark of Charles Cordier 1722-27, by Daniel Gouers, the miniature by Gustav Klingstedt (1657-1734) A Louis XV lapis lazuli and gold mounted snuff box, engraved Gouers À Paris to the rim and with the discharge mark of Charles Cordier 1722-27, by Daniel Gouers, the miniature by Gustav Klingstedt (1657-1734) A Louis XV lapis lazuli and gold mounted snuff box, engraved Gouers À Paris to the rim and with the discharge mark of Charles Cordier 1722-27, by Daniel Gouers, the miniature by Gustav Klingstedt (1657-1734)
A Louis XV lapis lazuli and gold mounted snuff box,
engraved Gouers À Paris to the rim and with the discharge mark of Charles Cordier 1722-27, by Daniel Gouers, the miniature by Gustav Klingstedt (1657-1734)
Cartouche form, the facet-cut lapis lazuli cover with ogee gold mount and scrolling thumbpiece, the sides chased with a pair of doves flanked by wave-scrolls, bell husks and lattice panels all on a matted ground with conforming lapis lazuli base, the underside of the cover with miniature on vellum of Venus at her toilette painted en grisaille as an 18th century noble woman, cupid holds up an oval looking glass with a maid in attendance, she sits at a dressing table with similar lattice detail to that found on the gold mount, on the table is a pearl necklace, a powder puff and ribbons, length 7.8cm.

Footnotes

  • For a similar box in the Hermitage, see Kenneth Snowman, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe (London 1966), plate 179, page 109, it has an agate rather than lapis lazuli cover but the same engraved signature to the rim and decoration to the gold sides. It is interesting to note that the glazing and framing of the miniature is of the same style as that on the box given by Louis XV to Louis Le Fort of Geneva in 1727, illustrated in plate 176.

    Snowman writes extensively on Gouers and illustrates several of his boxes still extant. His boxes are now rare despite the fact that he appears to have carried out a lot of Messonnier's designs and there are many diplomatic gifts with his poinçon recorded in the Régistres des presents du Roi from 1726 to 1735. He held the titles of Orfèvre ordinaire de la Reine and Marchand orfèvre de leurs Majestés.

    It is worth pointing out the difference in spelling of the masters name. He is registered as Govaers rather than Gouers, like other immigrants he altered the spelling. Daniel Govaers was received as master in 1717, see Nocq Les Poinçon de Paris, page 272ff for a more extensive entry than usual. The reason for this is his inclusion of information regarding Gouer's brankruptcy in 1737.

    The works of Klingstedt depicting racy scenes are quite often to be found on the interiors of boxes of this date, see a tortoiseshell and gold mounted example sold these rooms, 4 July 2007, ex lot 42.
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