A delicate bonbonnière, or candy box (1781–82) in the Museum’s collection was made by goldsmith François-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 box’s circular shape. Our graceful pendant watch is based on this precious French bonbonnière.
18K gold overlay, hand enameled, with a mother-of-pearl dial. Quartz movement. Lobster claw closure. 32''L; pendant: 1 1/2'' diam.