July 14, 2021 10:00 EDT

The Gilded Age



A George III Gold-Mounted Hardstone Necessaire and Perfume
Circa 1770

A rectangular upright casket, the agate panels mounted by gold cagework chased with birds, flowers, and a dragon, with gem-set pushpiece, the white enamel collar inscribed in gold with the motto 'RIEN DE PLUS DOUX QUE L'AMOUR,' the interior fitted with two gold-mounted glass scent bottles, two gold-capped pencils, scissors, needlecase, sewing hook, cylindrical case, and folding blade; the perfume with similar cagework, the white enamel collar apparently inscribed with the phrase 'L'A VOUS SEULE,' both apparently unmarked. (2).

H: 2 1/4, W: 1 7/8, D: 1 1/2 in. (necessaire); H: 2 7/8 in. (perfume)

Sold for $8,820
Estimated at $4,000 - $6,000


H: 2 1/4, W: 1 7/8, D: 1 1/2 in. (necessaire); H: 2 7/8 in. (perfume)

Gift of Anne Allen to John Penn as a wedding present, Philadelphia, 1766.
Thence by descent.
Private Collection.

Exhibition History
Freeman's, Philadelphia, Loyalties in Revolutionary Times, March-July 2018.

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