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9–22 NOV 2023 | Online 22460

Collection Bayreuth : Gold Boxes

Sale Total EUR 1,239,084

9–22 NOV 2023

Sale Overview

From 9–22 November, Christie’s Paris will hold the online sale of the Bayreuth Collection of gold boxes. This sale follows on from that of the silver collection sold in London in July and is the first one of its kind at Christie’s Paris.

Comprising some 130 boxes and objects of vertu, the group offers a unique glimpse into the creativity of the gold box makers in Europe during the 18th and 19th century. Acquired over the last 40 years, the collection has been formed under the disciplined and passionate eye of a collector with boundless energy and enthusiasm. It displays a deep interest in craftsmanship and materials. The collection also offers a panorama of gold boxes and objects of vertu through time and location, demonstrating the evolution of shapes, styles and functions.

Highlights include striking hardstones boxes such as the Austrian gold mounted hardstones (enlever) cabinet bonbonniere by Johann Georg Aigner, Vienna, 1793 and Pierre Drais’ ‘Butterfly’ box dated 1780-1781. The collection also includes two novelty shaped lacquer boxes: Noel Hardivilliers ‘trunk’ box dated 1733-1734 and Daniel Gouers ‘Lotus’ box dated 1732-1738. Also offered are Swiss made work such as musical boxes as well as a fabulous enamelled gold snuff-box by Bautte et Compagnie adorned with a very fine micromosaic signed by the Roman artist Barberi and a charming miniature herbarium pendant.


Du 9 au 22 novembre, Christie's Paris organise la vente en ligne de la collection Bayreuth de boîtes en or. Cette vente fait suite à celle de la collection d'argenterie vendue à Londres en juillet et est la première du genre chez Christie's Paris.

Composée de quelque 130 boîtes et objets de vertu, cette collection offre un aperçu unique de la créativité des fabricants de boîtes en or en Europe aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles. Acquise au cours des 40 dernières années, la collection a été constituée par un amateur éclairé, débordant d’enthousiasme, qui s’est tout particulièrement intéressé aux matériaux et aux techniques de fabrication pour créer un collection qui montre l'évolution des formes, des styles et des fonctions de ces petits objets de luxe.

Parmi les pièces phares de la collection figurent de remarquables boîtes en pierres dures, telles qu'une bonbonnière autrichienne formant cabinet de pierres dures montées en or par Johann Georg Aigner, Vienne, 1793 ou encore la boîte "Papillon" de Pierre Drais datée de 1780-1781, ainsi que des boîtes en laque de forme inédite, telles que la boîte "coffre" de Noël Hardivilliers datée de 1733-1734 ou encore la boîte "Lotus" de Daniel Gouers datée de 1732-1738. Des pièces suisses sont également présentées, telles que des boîtes à musique, une tabatière en or émaillé de Bautte et Compagnie ornée d'une très belle micromosaïque signée Barberi, ainsi qu'un charmant herbier miniature.

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