Description & Technical information

Rectangular gold and enamelled toiletries case with double bottom. The gold cage with interlacing motifs is enhanced by a translucent blue enamel  revealing a guilloché with concentric circles. The hinged lid is decorated with a carved gold medallion representing probably "Pygmalion and Galatea" from Falconet’s work of 1763. " If Pygmalion formed it, if the sky animated his being. Love did more, he set it on fire. Without him that would serve to be born." Voltaire. The case opens into compartments. It includes: a mirror in the lid, two compartments closed by a hinged and enamelled lid. It also includes a double bottom.
This toiletries case is characteristic of vanity objects that were in vogue during the 18th century where the usage of red and white powders by the aristocracy was a daily ritual. An example of this can be seen in Boucher’s 1758 painting of the Marquise de Pompadour that is conserved at the Harvard Art Museum in Boston. Some signs of age to the enamel.
Poids: 3.95oz (112g).
Charge mark:  Julien Alaterre.(1768-1774)
Guarantee mark: Crowned H for 1771
Release mark: Tête casquée (Helmeted head) (1768-1774)
Master goldsmith mark: Mathieu Coigny. Mathieu Coigny was the third generation of a family of goldsmiths, following his father and grandfather who both worked for the French king at Versailles. He earned Master Goldsmith status and was backed by his father on September 17, 1755, after which he settled at the Notre Dame bridge in Paris. It was there that he produced magnificent snuff boxes and other art objects for thirty years. He was elected as overseer of a metalworker’s association in 1771 and 1772. His decorative boxes are conserved at several prestigious museums such as the Louvre in Paris, the Wallace Collection in London, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Work from the Louis XV period. Circa 1771.
Price :21000€

Date:  1771
Medium: Gold and enamel
Dimensions: 5.3 x 4 x 2.2 cm (2¹/₈ x 1⁵/₈ x 0⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Jewellery