"MC" (Mathieu Coiny III., Paris), flange number 9, 70 x 53 x 40 mm, 129 g, circa 1763
An exquisite, extremely rare French Louis XV four-colour gold box
Case: 22K gold, master's mark "MC" (Mathieu Coiny III.), charge and discharge mark Jean-Jaques Prévost (1762-1768), Parisian guild punch mark "Z" for the years 1763-1764, later French control mark.
Oval case, allover engraved and chased: the hinged lid is decorated with trophies of love, the base with musical instruments, all in four-colour gold. The sides are decorated with ribbons and acanthus.
Mathieu Coiny was the third generation of a family of goldsmiths. He was born in 1723 and became a master in 1755 – his father, a goldsmith in Versailles, was his sponsor. Coiny lived at the Pont Notre-Dame in Paris until about 1782, when he moved to the Rue de l'Arbre Sec. His two brothers Joseph-Urbain and Jacques-Toussaint were jewellers and goldsmiths. In 1767 he was appointed "Bijoutier ordinaire des Princes" and in 1771-1772 he was e member of the board in his guild.
Today the work of Mathieu Coiny is kept in several important museums and collections such as the Wallace Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris.
Case: very good