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RECTANGULAR BOX

Currently in storage


About this object

The box is rectangular and the bloodstone surface is cut allover to simulate basketweave. Applied to the cover is an oval medallion in painted enamel with a scene with a prophet or gospel (Moses?) standing at the left with a seated shepherd at the right. The clasp is an applied spray of flowers and leaves in diamonds. The hinge is gold.

Category:
gems
Object name:
RECTANGULAR BOX
Made from:
Bloodstone -- gold -- enamel -- diamonds
Made in:
FRANCE: Paris
Date made:
1738-1838
Size:
1 13/16 × 3 3/8 × 2 5/8 in. (4.6 × 8.6 × 6.6 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.145
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK Walking horse facing left on a shaped shield (discharge mark of Houbert Louvet, Fermier 1732-38); Maker's mark partially illegible, H to the left under crown and fleur de lys (parisian 18th c. maker's mark); Crowned a (charge mark for Hubert Louvet, Fermier 1732-38); X, crown illegible (warden's mark for Paris 1737-38); Eagle's head facing right (guarantee for gold 1838-47)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Displayed in exhibition:
Natural Beauties- Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems