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18th-Century Bonbonnière Pendant Watch

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Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00

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Description

A delicate bonbonnire, or candy box (178182) in the Museums collection was made by goldsmith Franois-Nicolas Chevance (apprenticed 1766, master 1780, active 1793). This sumptuous box has applied ornament in greenish and reddish gold, achieved by the addition of metal oxides to the alloy. It is carefully decorated with incised and raised dots that accentuate the boxs circular shape. Our graceful pendant watch is based on this precious French bonbonnire.

18K gold overlay, hand enameled, with a mother-of-pearl dial. Quartz movement. Lobster claw closure. 32''L; pendant: 1 1/2'' diam.

  • 18K gold overlay, hand enameled, with a mother-of-pearl dial
  • Quartz movement
  • Lobster claw closure
  • 32''L; pendant: 1 1/2'' diam.

Art History

In eighteenth-century France, decorative boxes made to hold small personal itemssuch as snuff, rouge, face patches, or sweetswere objects of luxury and status. Produced in a wide variety of materials, these boxes conveyed ones social standing; among them, gold boxes were the most desirable. Beginning in the 1750s, French goldsmiths introduced subtle colors into their boxes by using various types of gold.

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Description

A delicate bonbonnire, or candy box (178182) in the Museums collection was made by goldsmith Franois-Nicolas Chevance (apprenticed 1766, master 1780, active 1793). This sumptuous box has applied ornament in greenish and reddish gold, achieved by the addition of metal oxides to the alloy. It is carefully decorated with incised and raised dots that accentuate the boxs circular shape. Our graceful pendant watch is based on this precious French bonbonnire.

18K gold overlay, hand enameled, with a mother-of-pearl dial. Quartz movement. Lobster claw closure. 32''L; pendant: 1 1/2'' diam.





  • 18K gold overlay, hand enameled, with a mother-of-pearl dial
  • Quartz movement
  • Lobster claw closure
  • 32''L; pendant: 1 1/2'' diam.




Art History

In eighteenth-century France, decorative boxes made to hold small personal itemssuch as snuff, rouge, face patches, or sweetswere objects of luxury and status. Produced in a wide variety of materials, these boxes conveyed ones social standing; among them, gold boxes were the most desirable. Beginning in the 1750s, French goldsmiths introduced subtle colors into their boxes by using various types of gold.


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