"LPD" (Louis-Philippe Demay, Paris), 74 x 55 x 31 mm, 141 g, circa 1760
A very fine and extremely rare French snuff box with four-colour gold ornamentation and polychrome enamel miniatures in the style of François Boucher
Case: 22K gold, maker's punch mark "LPD" (Louis-Philippe Demay, Paris), charge and discharge mark Eloy Brichard (1756-1762), Parisian guild punch mark "V" for the years 1760-1761.
Oval case, allover decorated with fine engraving and chasing, four-colour gold rococo motifs. The hinged lid and the base with landscape oval enamel medallions with polychrome domestic scenes: on the lid a couple playing music, on the base a lady with a parakeet sitting on her hand next to the bird’s cage.
Louis-Philippe Demay was sponsored as master by Louis Lenhendrick in 1758, when he was living on the Pont Notre-Dame in Paris. In 1769 he sponsored his son, Jacques-Joseph Demay, as master. In the same year a watch-case was seized from L.-P. Demay by the wardens of the guild as being below standard, but it was subsequently returned to him. From the Pont Notre-Dame Demay moved to the Quai de Conti where he died in 1772. His widow continued the business at least until 1774. The enameller Charles-Jacques de Mailly seems to have worked for him before leaving for Moscow.
Source: "The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Gold Boxes" by Charles Truman, London 2013, p. 339.
Other gold boxes by Louis-Philippe Demay are held by the Wallace Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre.
Case: very good