Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI

Style of SÈVRES (worked from c.1756)

Large French gilt bronze casket with portraits of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI

19th century France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£120,000 gbp
Request Information Call Dealer
Listing Information
Views
136
Enquiries
0
Favourites
0
A portrait of Queen Marie Antoinette adorns the front of this wonderful casket, which together with the exceptional quality of the gilt bronze casting, makes this a truly unique piece. The casket is oval in shape and has a lid, which is attached via a hinge at the rear. The interior of the casket is lined with black velvet. Hand painted porcelain plaques adorn the exterior of the casket: the front plaque depicts Marie Antoinette with putti either side of her, and sits above a bronze plaque which bears the inscription 'This casket formerly property of Marie Antoinette presented to my beloved wife as souvenir of our European tour / Sep 8th 1886 / Louis L. Smith'.

The reverse side of the cabinet features a similar porcelain plaque, but this time the portrait is of King Louis XVI, the husband of Marie Antoinette. The casket features an additional eight porcelain plaques of flowers, musical instruments, putti and ribbons all on white ground, set at equal intervals around the body.

The porcelain plaques are interspersed with gilt bronze pillars, each with double "L" crowned cartouches, crowns, ribbons and swags, and each pillar is surmounted by a foliate finial. The two sides of the casket are mounted with a female bust, and an ormolu band with egg and dart decoration runs across the top and bottom of the body of the casket. The casket lid is formed of a pierced ormolu plinth, surmounted by a crown with two female figures either side.

This exquisite piece is crafted from the finest materials and measures 50cm tall and 80cm wide.
Dimensions
Height 50.00 cm (19.69 inches)
Width 80.00 cm (31.50 inches)
Depth 46.00 cm (18.11 inches)
Stock Code
15386
Medium
Ormolu (gilt-bronze), porcelain
Signed/Inscribed
The casket bears the inscription 'This casket formerly property of Marie Antoinette presented to my beloved wife as souvenir of our European tour / Sep 8th 1886 / Louis L. Smith'.
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
39 South Audley Street
London
W1K 2PP

Contact Details
+44 (0)20 7491 3435
+44 (0)20 7491 3436
+44 (0)7768 980572
-
Email Dealer More Contact Details
Opening Hours
Contacts
View Dealer Location
Member Since 2010
Members of
View Full Details