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Charles Le Bastier French Three-Colour Gold Box

Gold
Paris, 1767/68

Height: 3cm, 1.1in.
Width: 6.2cm, 2.4in.
Weight: 90g, 3.2oz 58dwt

Silversmith Biography

Charles le Bastier was apprentice to Gabriel Vougny at the age of fourteen and six months. On 16th December 1754 he is registered as a resident in Paris on the rue Thevenot working for the master Jean Moynat. Charles le Bastier was officially recorded as a goldsmith in 1751. His work can be found in some of the most important collections including the Louvre, Victoria & Albert Museum, one of which was bequeathed by George Michael and The Royal Collection.

Description

Maker's mark of Charles le Bastier

The charge for gold and small silver work for Jean-Jacques Provost, Paris, November 1762 - December 1768

The decharge for gold and small silver work Jean-Jacques Provost, Paris, November 1762 - December 1768

The wardens’ (maison commune) mark for gold and silver work, Paris, 14th July 1767 - 13th July 1768

Inventory no. 1338

Oval gold box, Louis XVI form, the cover chased with the allegory of the arts set within an oval border, draped with a garland of laurel leaf. The walls decorated with fluting, garlands of laurel leaves and urns. The front wall two doves are set within an oval border, roses on the side reserves and allegory of music to the back. The underside chased with an allegory of the arts. All set within borders of scrolling foliage.

French Three-Colour Gold Box Reference: 22855.18