Paris, 76 x 31 mm, circa 1781
An extremely rare, very fine, half pearl-set Bonbonniére "Diana preparing for hunting"
Case: 22k gold, case maker's mark illegible, French import mark from 1893, charge mark crossed double "L": Henri Clavel (1781-1783), Parisian guild punch mark "R" of 1781.
Circular box. The cover, side and base panels with translucent mauve enamel on an engine-turned reeding and coin pattern bordered by a band of frosted gold with translucent mauve and opalescent white enamel studs and translucent green enamelled foliate decor. The independent cover inset with an oval exquisite polychrome miniature painting: "Diana preparing for hunting" according to a painting by Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), framed by a border of split pearls.
Case: very good, slightly worn