A 18k gold rectangular snuffbox, with rounded edges and curved sides. It opens on a hinge by a pusher chiseled with foliage. The cover decorated in the center with a translucent blue enamel octagonal cartouche on a guilloché background of radiating waves, applied with the crowned LP monogram of Louis-Philippe, king of the French, set with old-cut and rose-cut diamonds. The entourage is chiseled and engraved with foliage scrolls on a mat background, the interior plain.
Gold hallmark of the 3rd title with the head of a Greek doctor.
Goldsmith: PL, unlisted.
The bat numbered 270 corresponding to the royal order number.
The interior engraved with inventory number 13-2690.
Very good condition, a tiny shine restored to the enamel.
L. 8.5 x D. 6 x H. 2.2 cm. Gross weight: 148.7 g.
- Presented by Louis-Philippe, King of the French (1830-1848).
- French private collection.
Our snuffbox is characteristic of the production of monogrammed yellow gold "presentation boxes", notably made by Louis-François Tronquoy, of whom we know of other close examples (see below). Under his reign, Louis-Philippe, but also some of his sons such as the Duke of Orleans or the Duke of Aumale, used to offer these gold snuffboxes, made with their ciphers, for service to the Crown, as a diplomatic gift or more rarely for their family circle. Most often ordered from the workshops of Morel, Bernard or Bapst, goldsmiths of the King and the Crown, or Maignan, goldsmith of the Queen, few of them with the Louis-Philippe's cipher are known combining gold, the "bleu roi" enamel and diamonds.
- A snuffbox with the cipher of king Louis-Philippe in gold, blue enamel and diamonds, by Arthur Goossens, Paris, 1838-1848, sold at Christie's London, November 29, 2016, lot 7.
- A snuffbox with the cipher of the Duc d'Aumale in gold and diamonds, by Tronquoy for Martial Bernard, Paris, circa 1840, sold at Sotheby's Paris, June 1, 2021, lot 183.