"IGRC" in einer Raute (I.G. Rémond & Compagnie) à Genève, 23 x 32 x 9 mm, circa 1810
A rare vinaigrette in the shape of a book studded with half pearls - with original box
Case: gold, oblong shape; hinged lid with rectangular enamel medallion and very fine polychrome miniature painting depicting a bouquet of summer flowers within a half pearl studded border; the spine with black and blue Champlevé enamelling; the base with translucent cobalt blue enamel over an engine-turned ground framed by a black and blue Champlevé border. Interior with grille pierced and engraved with a spray of flowers
Jean-Georges Rémond was a goldsmith in Geneva and is recorded to have worked from 1783 until 1815 or 1820. He first used his masters mark in 1783, when he became a master on December 22. He presumably formed the company Georges Rémond & Cie. seven years later; around 1800 the company was renamed Rémond, Mercier, Lamy & Cie. During the French occupation of Switzerland by Napoleon Rémond used his initials within a lozenge as his mark, which was in accordance with the stipulations of the newly formed Département du Léman. A similar design without the lozenge was used by the company Lamy, Rémond, Mercier, Daniel Berton from 1815 to 1829. In 1820 a new company Mercier, Blondel and Berton was established, so it is assumed that Rémond retired or died around that time. The new company only lasted for another seven years though and ceased to operate on April 14, 1827.