Gold snuffbox (2nd title) and "royal" blue enamel, the hinged lid is decorated with the CP monogram of Charles Philippe (Charles X), under the royal crown of France, in a rectangular cartridge with a sandblasted background decorated with four flowers of lilies at the corners enhanced with blue enamel, the sides with guilloché checkerboard decoration.
Engraved inside with a dedication: "Given by the King / to M. Queignard de Valdené / February 16, 1826."
Good overall condition.
Goldsmith: Victoire Boizot (active 1808-1813).
Engraved order number: 328.
H. 2,5 x W. 8,7 x D. 6 cm - Gross weight: 174,0 g.
- Presented by King Charles X to Mr. Queignard de Valdene, secretary of His Majesty's Cabinet, on February 16, 1826.
- Sale Bonham's, London, November 23, 2011, lot 2.
- French private collection.
Victoire Boizot was the widow of the famous goldsmith Joseph-Etienne Blerzy (active 1750-1806). She received her hallmark in 1808 which was destroyed in 1813, dating our box quite precisely to 1809-1813, when Charles Philippe was still only Comte d'Artois. The presence of the "closed" crown of the King of France on the cipher CP indicates that the snuffbox was probably kept in the royal stock for presents, until 1826 when Charles Philippe became Charles X, offered it to Queignard de Valdené.
The latter, appointed officer of the Legion of Honor on May 1, 1821, is cited as secretary to the Cabinet of Monsieur (Charles Philippe, Count of Artois, future Charles X) in the French National Archives (O/3/828 file 32, 1815-1826).