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Charles Le Bastier A French Vari-Colour Oval Gold Box

Gold
Paris, 1778/1779
Maker’s mark of Charles le Bastier

Height: 3cm, 1.1in.
Length: 8.9cm, 3.5in.
Weight: 126g, 4.4oz 80.2dwt

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

The charge for gold and small silver work for Jean Baptiste Fouache, Paris, September 1775 – April 1781

The decharge for gold and small silver work Jean Baptiste Fouache, Paris, September 1775 – April 1781

The wardens’ (maison commune) mark for gold and silver work, Paris, 18th July 1778 – 21st July 1779

Oval gold box, the central cartouche encircled by a laurel the four colour gold relief and allegorical scene of music. The whole box engine turned with laurel borders of swags and rosettes. The sides of the box with roundels topped with white gold ribbons depicting scenes of musical instruments. The interior, side and base of the box hallmarked. The flange of the box with discharge mark.

A French Vari-Colour Oval Gold Box Reference: 22855.3