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A fine Louis XVI engine-turned tri-colour gold toothpick case / snuff box bearing makers mark for

Barthélemy Cabaille (master 1775; active 1791)

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

Paris 1784

Late 18th century 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 / snuff box, 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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