18th-Century French Gold Etui
18th-Century French Gold Etui 18th-Century French Gold Etui 18th-Century French Gold Etui 18th-Century French Gold Etui
18th-Century French Gold Etui

18th-Century French Gold Etui

  • The beauty of green and yellow gold is on full display in this French étui
  • This 18th-century creation displays the aesthetics of the Louis XVI era
  • Such early étuis of this superior quality and condition are true treasures
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Item No. 30-7599
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A marvelous objet d'art is this exquisite Louis XVI-era étui. Crafted entirely of green and yellow gold, this stunning octagonal vessel bears an exceptional, engraved Neoclassical design punctuated by florals and garlands. Étuis were once carried by affluent members of society to carry tiny toiletries, sealing wax, personal effects, and the more clandestine purpose of concealing correspondence between lovers or other cohorts. Confidential notes would be tucked inside the box, which would then have been sealed with wax for optimal security. Stunning in its artistry and craftsmanship, this étui flawlessly reflects the 18th-century taste for classical ornamentation.

This étui bears the maker's mark of master goldsmith Jean François Mancel, 1781. Charge marked by Henri Clavel and the inspection mark, both for 1783-1789.

5 3/16” length x 3/4" wide x 11/16" deep
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:France
Material:Gold
Length:5 3/16 Inches
Width:3/4 Inches
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Étui

Named from the Old French word estuier meaning to keep or hold an tui is a very versatile item These ornamental cases could be made of any material from precious metals like gold or silver to exotic materials such as...
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