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A fine Louis XVI engine-turned tri-colour gold toothpick case

bearing makers mark for

Barthélemy Cabaille (master 1775; active 1791)

and the poinçons of Henri Clavel with the tête de vanneau decharge

Paris 1784

George III French toothpick cases of this period are exceeding rare and this is a magnificent example from a rare and sought-after master Parisian goldsmith. The elongated oblong shape features rounded end, and the cover shows a crisply engine-turned central panel within a scrolling leaf-and-bead border. The sides and base with similar engine-turned panel, separated by relief yellow-gold laurel and paterae pilasters.

A Louis XVI engine-turned gold toothpick case, Barthélemy Cabaille, Paris 1784


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  • Additional information

    A similar engine-turned and chased vari-gold box (probably a boite-a-rouge) dated 1783-4 by Barthélemy Cabaille in the collection of The Met Museum, accession number 48.187.477a, b.

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