Circular ivory box decorated with red painted rims on the edges, the lid inlaid in the center with an oval composition under glass fixed on mother-of-pearl, decorated with spangles, glass of various colors and metallic filigrees, depicting a dolphin under a royal crown on a half-column plinth, evoking the First or the Second Dauphin, flanked by two flowery urns of roses evoking Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, under a garland of foliage, the whole lined with red pastilles.
Mention in brown ink under the composition: « to love of / the homeland ».
Strapping in chiseled pomponne in Louis XVI style.
Good overall condition, slight wear and losses.
H. 2.6 x D. 5.7 cm. Gross weight: 46.0 g.
Box made very probably on the occasion of the birth of Louis Joseph Xavier François de France (1781-1789), eldest son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, second child of the royal couple, dauphin of the Viennois and heir to the throne of France, or for the accession of his elder brother Louis Joseph of France, future Louis XVII, to the title of Dauphin following the death of his brother in 1789.