A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724
Lot 31
A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box
by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724
Sold for £158,500 (US$ 266,688) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724 A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724 A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724 A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724 A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724 A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724
Lot Details
The Arnold and Barbara Burton Collection
A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box
by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724
Ovoid, the cover with a central enamelled panel painted after Boucher with a grisaille camaïeu depiction of Art, with a young teacher instructing a pupil and three putti in painting, drawing and sculpting within an applied yellow gold bell husk frame surmounted by a mask head and flanked by two bright-cut panels within a border of alternating panels of applied yellow gold acanthus on foliate and matted engraved ground and turquoise enamel ovals, the sides with similar camaïeu panels depicting putti; to the front, Geography, to the left, Oenology, the back with Mining/Industry, the right with Perfumery, all within fluted frames and separated by putti caryatid pilasters below a band of festooned 'turquoise' ovals and above a thinner band of enamel panels and applied yellow gold acanthus leaves, the underside with a camaïeu panel of Music, with a tutor, a young girl and two putti with a lyre, violin and a horn, within a similar applied yellow gold bell husk frame, in later velvet case, length 8cm, weight 154.8gms.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    Formerly in the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Collection.

    With Wartski 1974.

    Published by Kenneth Snowman, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe (London 1990), plate 456, and Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Paris, A Catalogue of the J. Ortiz-Patiño Collection, (London 1974), plate 46.

    Jean-Joseph Barrière was apprenticed to Charles-Nicolas-Loys Dumossay in 1750 and, in 1763, was made master sponsored by Henri Delobel. He had his workshop on the Pont Notre-Dame until the bridge was re-built in 1786, when he moved to rue du Coq-St. Honoré. Henry Nocq comments: "Il n'est pas de collection de tabatières où on ne trouve une ou plusiers boites à la marque JJB," Le Poinçon de Paris, (8th edition, Paris 1968), page 73.

    A similar, but slightly smaller, box is in the Wallace collection (G49), it has a comparable series of enamel cameos and is further decorated with simulated malachite panels and the Victoria and Albert (Jones Bequest 913-1882) has a box, with simulated pink stone instead of the malachite and green dashes of enamel to the border. Barrière clearly repeated designs with small alterations. The Louvre holds a box from 3 years earlier that can be seen as a pre-cursor, (Baronne Salomon de Rothschild bequest, 1922, OA 7695), with similar flat enamel panels to the borders and putti within pilaster niches.

    An even closer comparison is a box of the same year, formerly in the collection of Baron Henri James de Rothschild and sold, after several further owners, by Sotheby's Paris, 10 April 2008, that uses the same 'turquoise' panels and putto caryatid pilasters but is further enhanced with simulated agate panels rather than the polished bright-cut ones on the present lot.

    For a comment on the numbering system used by Barrière, see Charles Truman, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Gold Boxes (London 2013) page 181.
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