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Joseph Étienne Blerzy (French, active 1750–1806)

Artist:
Miniature by Louis Marie Sicardi (French, Avignon 1743–1825 Paris)
Date:
1779–80
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gold, enamel, diamonds, ivory, glass
Dimensions:
1 3/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (3.5 x 8.3 x 6.4cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edward C. Post, 1930
Accession Number:
30.58.3
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: On miniature: Sicardy / 1780

    Inscription: Engraved on inside of lid: Presented / to / Col. John Laurens • / by / Louis the 16th / A.D.1780 •

    Marking: [1] crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains de remède, JEB, device a level (maker's mark); [2] PARIS in cipher (Paris charge mark for gold and small silver, 1774–80); [3] crowned italic Q (Paris warden's mark for gold, 1779–80); [4] monkey's head (Paris discharge mark for gold and small silver, 1774–80); [5] 878 (probably retailer's number)

    Location of marks:
    [1]–[3] inside bottom, front wall, and cover
    [4], [5] on insetting rim of box

  • Provenance

    Col. John Laurens (from ca. 1781) ; John Laurens (nephew of Col. John Laurens) (until ca. 1866) (until ca. 1866; a notice, dated Baltimore, Dec. 4, 1866 and printed at a time when the box came up for sale by William Brown & Son on behalf of its owner, Mrs. Laurens, widow of one of the descendants of Col. Laurens, is in the Secretary's files. In it is described the visit to the court of France of "Colonel John Laurens of South Carolina, an aide de camp of George Washington, and special envoy from the United States to France to negotiate a loan from the French government."); Wright E. Post ; Edward C. Post (until d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)

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