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:  hen's head (Paris discharge mark for gold and small silver, 1750-56);  owl in oval (French mark for gold imported from countries without customs conventions, 1893 to present);  indecipherable
Location of marks: , : on bezel and on bridge of each pair of spectacles  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)
Artist: Clockmaker: Ferdinand Berthoud (French, 1727–1807)Date: ca. 1768–70Medium: Case: oak veneered with ebony and brass, with gilt-bronze mounts; Dial: white enamel; Movement: gilded brass and steelAccession: 1982.60.50On view in:Gallery 540