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BONBON DISH (BONBONNIÈRE)

Made by: Unknown

Currently in storage


About this object

The round box has a detachable cover and is therefore identified as a bonbonnière. The cover is set with a bust-length profile portrait in enamel of Catherine II facing left. The composition bears some resemblance to Aleksei Antropov's 1766 portrait of the Empress, but in this version the empress wears a higher-necked gown and her decolletage is covered with an extensive lace ruffle. She wears a small imperial crown, the blue sash of the Order of St. Andrew and the diamond star of an Order. (The star is partially covered and is somewhat difficult to interpret.) This is encircled by several narrow bands of white enamelled dots and a blue enamelled band. Outside this is a wide band of enamel in royal blue. The outer borders are dots of white enamels. The frame decoration is royal blue enamel and white dots for borders fills the back and sides.

Category:
goldwork
Object name:
BONBON DISH (BONBONNIÈRE)
Made from:
Gold -- enamel
Made in:
Switzerland
Date made:
ca. 1790 (?)
Size:
2.2 × 8 cm (7/8 × 3 1/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.31.1-2
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK Shell (imitation of Fermier General's discharge mark, 1756-1762); Owl-struck twice (indicating object of undetermined origin, sold in France, in use form 1893); on bottom of box: fleurette (imitation of the Fermier General charge mark, 1768-1774); Crowned R and F on a shield (imitation of Paris Warden's mark)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973