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Pierre Francois Royer A French Three Colour Gold Box

Paris, 1769
Maker’s mark of Pierre Francois Royer

Width: 6.3 cm, 2 ½ in.
Weight: 92 g, 2.95 oz.


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Silversmith Biography

7 February 1744 apprenticeship with Claude-Francois Boursier. 7 January 1749 apprenticeship with Jean Lequin. 13 September 1758 registered at rue Comptesse d'Artois with his master Jean Lequin.


Of oval form, the cover set with an oval cartouche of vari-coloured gold applied decoration depicting musical instruments set against a chased background and surmounted by a tied ribbon, with a banded border intertwined with leaves and a plain ground. The sides segmented by foliate pilasters with alternating circular cartouches of musical attributes and objects of hunting and harvesting. The base following the decorative scheme as the cover, the oval cartouche instead featuring vari-coloured gold objects of harvest.

A French Three Colour Gold Box Reference: 23879/4