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Agate and Gold Etui

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  • Period:
    19th Century
This rare and remarkable gold and agate étui was once used to hold messages, usually exchanged between confidantes or lovers. Gold mounts, flawlessly chased in an exuberant Rococo motif, beautifully complement the intriguing and rare banded agate, while a diamond push adds eye-catching sparkle. Often carried by affluent members of society, étuis such as this were once used to hold secret messages. Confidential notes would be tucked inside and the box then would have been sealed with wax for optimal security. To find such a delicate object still in such beautiful condition is extremely rare.

Circa 1800

3 9/16" length

Agate is a beautifully striped gemstone that forms in a wide variety of colors and textures, and was highly valued as a talisman or amulet in ancient times. Persian magicians used it to divert storms. A renowned collection of two to four thousand agate bowls accumulated by the King of Pontus reveals the enthusiasm with which agate was collected by royalty. Collecting agate again became popular during the Renaissance by European royalty and many museums in Europe, including the Louvre, have spectacular examples of which this étui rivals. 

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