Very rare stamped silver box on a wooden... - Lot 263 - Coutau-Bégarie

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Very rare stamped silver box on a wooden... - Lot 263 - Coutau-Bégarie
Very rare stamped silver box on a wooden core, decorated on the lid with a sleeping nymph surprised by a satyr. Two putti frame the scene, one holding a palm leaf. The four sides are adorned with foliate scrolls. The lid is adorned with a handle. Interior in powdered pink silk and braid. Attributed to Pierre Fourfault (active between 1628 and 1168) Paris, circa 1630-1635. Collection label under the box Height: 8 cm - Width: 12.7 cm - Depth: 9.1 cm (Missing silver veneer, accidents and restorations) This type of embossed silver box with auricular decoration is very common in 17th-century Parisian production, although few have survived. A box attributed to Pierre Fourfault from the donation of Pierre Jourdan-Barry is preserved in the Louvre. It was exhibited at the Grand Palais in 2002 as part of the exhibition "Un temps d'exubérance, les Arts Décoratifs sous Louis XIII et Anne d'Autriche" under number 152. Provenance: Charles-Bernard Martin (1799-1875) was a magistrate and honorary advisor to the Orleans Court of Appeal. He was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 1852. He is known as one of Orléans' greatest collectors of the 19th century, as testified by Abbé Desnoyers in the Bulletin de la société archéologique de l'Orléanais: "I wish to place here the reasoned testimony of my esteem for the great and serious collections formed by Messrs. MM. Marti [...] this way, to found a cabinet where miniatures, sculpture, enamels, ivories, furniture and ceramics compete for the admiration of visitors". Abbé Desnoyers. "Les Collections orléanais" in Bulletin de la Société archéologique et historique de l'Orléanais, n°103/1879, pp. 183-184
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