A French Imperial presentation gold, enamelled and diamond-set snuff box by Veuve Blerzy, with the baby's head unofficial Paris guarantee mark for 20.5 carat gold, Paris circa 1809-1819, the flange incuse stamped 28/93 and engraved No 102 E
Lot 31
A French Imperial presentation gold, enamelled and diamond-set snuff box
by Veuve Blerzy, with the baby's head unofficial Paris guarantee mark for 20.5 carat gold, Paris circa 1809-1819, the flange incuse stamped 28/93 and engraved No 102 E
Sold for £37,500 (US$ 59,145) inc. premium

Lot Details
A French Imperial presentation gold, enamelled and diamond-set snuff box by Veuve Blerzy, with the baby's head unofficial Paris guarantee mark for 20.5 carat gold, Paris circa 1809-1819, the flange incuse stamped 28/93 and engraved No 102 E A French Imperial presentation gold, enamelled and diamond-set snuff box by Veuve Blerzy, with the baby's head unofficial Paris guarantee mark for 20.5 carat gold, Paris circa 1809-1819, the flange incuse stamped 28/93 and engraved No 102 E
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A French Imperial presentation gold, enamelled and diamond-set snuff box
by Veuve Blerzy, with the baby's head unofficial Paris guarantee mark for 20.5 carat gold, Paris circa 1809-1819, the flange incuse stamped 28/93 and engraved No 102 E
rectangular, the cover set with the crowned "N" monogram of Emperor Napoleon III in diamonds on a matted ground within a chased foliate scroll border with blue enamel stringing, the rim of the cover chased with stylised stiff leaves and vases above geometric engine-turning with in blue enamel stringing, the base with central pelleted engine-turning within chased foliate border and blue enamel stringing, in a gilt tooled green leather presentation box with the arms of the Emperor, length 7.5cm, weight all-in 138.8gms.

Footnotes

  • Napoleon BONAPARTE (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821), a French military and political leader, rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and from 1804 was styled Napoleon I, Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815. The title emphasized that the emperor ruled over "the French people", the nation, and not over France, the republic.
    Napoleon's reign lasted until 22 June 1815 when he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, exiled and imprisoned on the island of Saint Helena, where he died on 5 May 1821. His reign was interrupted by the Bourbon Restoration of 1814 and his own exile to Elba, from where he escaped less than a year later to reclaim the throne, reigning as Emperor for another 94 days before his final defeat and exile.
    Victoire Boizot was the widow of the renowned goldsmith Etienne-Lucienne Blerzy. She entered her mark in 1808 and it was destroyed in 1813 when her premises were taken over by Gabriel-Raoul Morel. Blerzy is known to have been collaborated in the creation of boxes for the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte with the court jeweller Nicolas Marguerite, who received between March and August 1806, an order from the Imperial court for 100 gold boxes, decorated with diamonds, ciphers and portraits to the value of 380,688Fr. One, with an informal script-N cipher and the marks of both Blerzy and Marguerite was sold these rooms 23 Nov 2011.
    An almost identical box to the present lot is in the collection of the Fondation Napoleon (inv 1097), with a slight variation to the design of the cover; the chased foliate-scroll border has a dark blue enamel ground. The Victoria and Albert Museum has another box by Boizot, set with brilliant-cut pastes and a miniature of Napoleon I (560&A-1908) given by Napoleon I to Captain Ussher of H.M.S. Undaunted on his passage to Elba in May 1814. The box has a red leather carrying case that is almost identical to green case of the present lot.
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