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Made by: Jean-Antoine Lépine

On view in: French Drawing Room

About this object

The outer case is in four-color gold. The dial on the front, in white enamel, is inscribed "Lépine à Paris" and is framed by a band of tiny diamonds. On the back is an oval medallion containing the bust of a young woman in colored enamel, wearing a saucer-like hat and a ruffled, low-cut collar. The medallion is framed by tiny diamonds and topped by a ribbon bow and flowers also set with diamonds. The border is striated and contains two flower sprays and one leaf spray all chased in red and green gold in low relief. The works are also inscribed "Lépine à Paris".

Object name:
Made from:
Gold -- enamel -- diamonds -- glass
Made in:
Paris, France
Date made:
ca. 1765
6 × 4 cm (2 3/8 × 1 9/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

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Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION; MARK; SCRATCH Inscribed in dial and works: "Lépine à Paris"; Inside case: 6262 scratched (possibly a serial number), partially illegible date letter; two gold marks: An owl, struck twice (french import mark in use since 1893); Eagle's head facing R (guarantee for gold of (18 K) in use 1838-1919)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973