Containing seven keys and a handle divided into four drawers, closing with a strap, the engraved keys and the drawers inscribed with gilded irons:
- PARC DE VINCENNES.
- FORÊT DE ST. GERMAIN./MEUDON, PARC RESERVÉ.
- ST. CLOUD, PARC RESERVÉ ET MONTRETOUT./ST. CLOUD, PARC RESERVÉ ET CASCADES.
- FORÊTS DE VERSAILLES./PARC DE VERSAILLES.
By Hippolyte GARNESSON, Paris, 1830-1842.
Inscribed on the top with gilt irons "S.A.R. MGR./LE DUC D'ORLEANS" and signed at the reverse "GARNESSON / 155 PALAIS ROYAL".
H. 8,5 x W. 15,5 x D. 6,5 cm.
- Ferdinand-Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans, eldest son of King Louis-Philippe (1810-1842).
- His son Prince Robert d'Orléans, duc de Chartres (1840-1910).
- His son Prince Jean d'Orléans, duc de Guise (1874-1940).
- His son Prince Henri d'Orléans, comte de Paris (1908-1999).
- Sale Sotheby's, Paris, A Collection for History. Important paintings, drawings, furniture and historical souvenirs belonging to the Family of France, September 29, 2015, lot 29.
- Private collection, Paris.
Louis-Philippe, l'homme et le roi (1773-1850), Paris, National Archives, Hôtel de Rohan, October 1974-February 1975, n° 591, p. 135.
Nicolas-Jacques Garnesson, merchant of nécessaires, was installed at n° 155-156 of the galleries of the Palais Royal in Paris. He collaborated with the main suppliers of the Imperial Court, then those of the Bourbon court. When he died in 1824, his son Hippolyte took over the family business.
We can think that this box was presented by King Louis-Philippe following his enthronement on the throne of France in 1830, possibly to his children or at least to his eldest son Ferdinand-Philippe, and to his sister Madame Adélaïde, since we know of another identical case bearing her name (see below).
Another identical case but bearing the name of “SAR Madame la Princesse Adelaïde” is known, sold at Osenat, Versailles, April 18, 2021, lot 125 (for €33,125).