"GRM" (Gabriel-Raoul Morel, Paris), flange number 693, 94 x 63 x 27 mm, 237 g, circa 1820
An impressive and heavy French two-colour gold presentation box
Case: 18K gold, maker's punch mark "GRM" and an ear within a lozenge (Gabriel-Raoul Morel), Parisian gold standard mark 1819-1838, Parisian 18k gold guarantee mark 1819-1838, unofficial post-Revolutionary standard mark for 20,5k gold, Paris 1789-1838.
Square box with rounded corners, allover lavishly engraved and chased with acanthus, vases and foliate pattern on a matted ground. The lid is decorated with two ovals showing the letters "J" and "R" crowned by the coronet of a French marquess.
Gabriel-Raoul Morel (1764-1832) was a goldsmith at the French royal court and was – together with his son - one of the most important suppliers of gold boxes during the First and the Second Empire.
Morel worked for jewellers such as Marguerite fils, Petit Jean and Ouizille; he produced boxes for the courts of Louis XVIII and Charles X. He also worked for Gibert, a goldsmith at the Quai Voltaire and for Martial Bernard, jeweller to King Louis-Philippe. Gabriel-Raoul Morel’s work can be distinguished in three different periods: 1798-1809, 1809-1819 and from 1819 until 1838.
The Louvre in Paris holds objects from all three of Morel’s creative periods – two snuff boxes, a chocolate box and a dance card holder with pencil holder. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York also owns pieces by Morel, likewise the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum in London.
Case: very good