Description & Technical information

Weight: 193.5g
With slightly rounded corners, the cover inset with an oval agate in dark brown with grey band echoing the outline, the agate with lappet border, to a panel chased with foliate scrolls and anthemion spandrels on a sable ground, the sides and base with engine turned lozenge pattern panels presenting a three-dimensional effect, within similarly chased borders, the sides with column uprights.

Date:  1798-1809
Period:  1750-1850, 18th/19th century
Origin:  Paris, France
Medium: Agate, gold
Signature:  Inscribed to the flange 'Vachette, Bijoutier � Paris.'

Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 2.5 cm (3¹/₂ x 2³/₈ x 1 inches)
Provenance: Adrien-Jean-Maximilien Vachette is one of the best known Parisian goldsmiths working at the end of the 18th century and at the troubled time of the French revolution. Vachette was trained in Paris, possibly by the celebrated Royal Goldsmith Pierre-Francois Drais who sponsored him when he became master in 1779. Following the Revolution, he resumed his profession and worked with the best goldsmiths of the time, Marie-Etienne Nitot during the First Empire and Charles Ouizille at the restoration of the monarchy. He certainly produced many interesting and unusual boxes, now scattered among eminent public and private collections, such as the Louvre and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.

Categories: Jewellery