Louis-Philippe jewelry box crafted of crystal and gilt bronze. The ormolu lid chiseled with garlands of roses, is decorated with a miniature featuring Madame de Sévigné.
Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (1626-1696) was a French aristocrat and writer, one of the great icons of French 17th-century literature. The crystal body of the box is highlighted with ormolu garlands of flowers and ribbons. The bottom of the box is carved with a radiant pattern. The jewelry casket rests on three feet embellished with foliated scrolls and shells. The miniature is signed "Marc" (for Marc-Louis Arlaud?).
Dim: W: 5,9 in - D: 5,1in - H: 3,1in.
Dim: L:15cm, P:13cm, H:8cm.
In overall good condition.
Marc-Louis Arlaud (1772-1845) was a Swiss portrait painter, student of the miniaturist Antoine-Louis Romanet from 1797, then of Jacques-Louis David from 1799. He worked in France until 1811, when he was expelled for a crime of opinion concerning the Napoleonic regime. He returned to Switzerland, in Lausanne, where he worked until his death in 1845.