DIM. 5,9 x 5,1 x 4,6 cm.
The Maud Feller Collection (Inv. K167D).
Several nécessaire of this form, which have characteristics close
enough to allow them to be considered the products of a single
workshop, are known. Several examples have passed through
the major auctions companies, some fitted with watch or musical
movements signed by the famous James Cox of London, who
often produced for the trade markets.
Museum as the Louvre in Paris, the Patek Philippe Museum in
Geneva kept examples of this maker in their collection.
James Cox (c.1723-1800), London
Was the son of Henry Cox, a tailor. He became Free in 1745. In
June 1745 he set up shop in Racquet Court, where he remained
until 1756. In 1756, Cox entered into partnership with Edward
Grace, moving to larger premises in Shoe Lane. However, Cox &
Grace declared bankruptcy in November 1758. During the 1760s
and early 1770s Cox became famous for luxurious musical and
automaton clocks and watches, made of precious metals and
studded with precious stones, destined particularly for the court
of the Chinese Emperor James Cox died in Watford in early 1800
and was buried in the family vault in London's Bunhill Fields on
February 26 of that year.
Le Corbeiller, Clare, "James Cox. A biographical Review", in
Burlington Magazine, vol. 112, June 1970, May-August 1970, pp.
Smith, Roger, "James Cox (c.1723-1800), A revised biography", in
Burlington Magazine, June 2000.
Agate, a variety of quartz, was often used by the engravers of
antiquity. It was called achates, after a river in modern-day Sicily,
on whose banks it was found. The name was used for stones
of various colours, and to further distinguish them, the words
leucachates, cerachates or hoemachates were used, depending
on whether they were white, wax-coloured or red. The stones
called dendrachates were those with patterns resembling herbs
or trees: thus the name dentritic agate. Certain of these agates
appear to contain moss: there are sometimes called moss agates
or pierres de mocha in French (from the Saxon moch, meaning
moss). Lastly, those stones called agates figurées in French
feature unusual images.
To be sold without reserve