Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Spectacle case

Date:
ca. 1750–56
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gold, enamel, diamond
Dimensions:
3/8 × 3 5/8 × 2 3/16 in. (1 × 9.2 × 5.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.155.168a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 545
The same imagination and skill that went into the design of gold boxes informs such other luxurious accessories as shuttles, knife handles, patch boxes, and eve–as here–a case to hold two pairs of spectacles.
Marking: [1] hen's head (Paris discharge mark for gold and small silver, 1750-56); [2] owl in oval (French mark for gold imported from countries without customs conventions, 1893 to present); [3] indecipherable

Location of marks:
[1], [2]: on bezel and on bridge of each pair of spectacles
[3] on bridge of each pair of spectacles
Félix Doistau , Paris (until 1928; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, June 18–19, 1928, lot 167; to Heucqueville); Président Charles d'Heucqueville , Paris (1928–36; sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, March 24–25, 1936, lot 144); Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1976; to MMA)
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