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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 4

SOUVENIR D’AMITIE, GOLD AND ENAMEL CARNET DE BAL

Very fine, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal; yellow gold and enamel. “Souvenir D’amitié”

Brand Unsigned, Paris

Year Circa 1780-1790

Material Yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 79.6 x 50.6 x 7.7 mm

CHF 4,000 - 6,000

HKD 32,000 - 48,000 / USD 4,000 - 6,000

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Sold: CHF 2,375


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good


Notes

Yellow gold and enamel, flattened oblong rectangular-shaped, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal, with inside, three-leaved ivory tablets (one partly broken) with gold rivet and a gold pencil.
Etui-à-tablette”.
The fashion of these small étuis (cases) develops throughout the 18th century. These small flat cases containing a writing kit (ivory tablets and pencil) are then used to record his appointments. These cases are the ancestors of the carnets-de-bal (notebooks) that will develop during the 19th century. The inscription “Souvenir d’amitié” (Souvenir of Friendship) underlines the sentimental value of such gifts.