Nécessaire (one of a pair)

Entrepreneur John Barbot British
Enamel miniature of King George IV painted by Charles Muss
After a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 512

This richly decorated shagreen case protected an extravagant nécessaire in the shape of a miniature cabinet. Scent bottles, an ivory notebook, a patch box, and other toilet implements are stored inside.

#413. Retail Value. High and Low

Nécessaire (one of a pair), John Barbot (British, recorded 1751–65), Gold, agate, rubies, diamonds, silver, wood carcass, silk velvet, miror glass; enamel miniature; glass, enamel, topaz; movement: gilded brass, steel, enamel face; shagreen on wood with gold piqué ornament and gilt-brass mounts, British, London

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