Lot No. 207* (99th Auction)
Alexandre-Jean-Marie Leferre / attributed to Pierre-Victor-Nicolas de Malliée, Paris, 75 x 56 x 30 mm, 141 g, circa 1780/1840

An exquisite, extremely rare two-colour gold box with reserve paintings on glass - with morocco case
Case: 20k gold, reserve paintings on glass, maker's punch mark "AL" (Alexandre-Jean-Marie Leferre), Paris, two later post-1838 French restricted warranty marks for gold.

Cover, base and side panels of this oval "à cage" gold box are set with six fixé-sous-verre miniatures within two-colour gold cagework ornamented with foliage scrolls. The miniatures show bucolic riverside and harbour scenes with buildings and staffage figures.

Pierre-Victor-Nicolas de Malliée (active 1748-1785) was a renowned painter of "fixés-sous-verre" pieces and specialised in bucolic scenes. He used a complex technique of painting on taffeta or silk and then attaching the painting under the protective glass with translucent glue.

Alexander Leferre (before 1806 to 1838) was one of the best known members of an established family of Parisian goldsmiths. Much of his production was portrait boxes in an earlier style, but he also did ones mounted "à cage" in 18th century style, such as two in the Louvre collection mounted with vernis martin panels and european lacquer.
Estimate  27,000 - 40,000 €

Price Realised  42,200 €
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