Jean-Abraham Lissignol, Geneva / Master's mark "R" crowned, 83 x 19 mm, 149 g, circa 1790
A selected Swiss gold enamel powder box with allegorical depiction in a fitted green morocco case
Case: 18K gold, master's mark "R" crowned incuse, later French control marks.
Round box, the base, sides and lid with lavish engine-turned pattern and translucent blue enamelling framed by champlevé and paillon borders. The independent lid painted in lightly-tinted grisaille, signed "Lissignol" and is edged with split pearls.
Jean-Abraham Lissignol was born in Geneva in 1749. He was the pupil and partner of Jean-Marc Roux and later was apprenticed in Paris. He was one of the most important enamel miniature painters and was specialised on snuffboxes and watch cases. He worked for Jaquet-Droz, Leschot, Rochat, John Rich and Jean-Georges Rémond & Company He died in Plainpalais in 1819.
Case: very good