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Box; ivory; carved; circular; commemorates the visit of three Siamese ambassadors to Versailles in 1686; the lid depicts Louis XIV seated on a throne surrounded by gifts; the sides are engraved with figures within wreaths and grotesque masks; the base is engraved with fruit and animals.
Diameter: 8.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Based on a medal by Sebastien Le Clerc, 'Médailles sur les principaux évènements du règne de Louis le Grand' (Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1702). 1684/1702, see etched illustration from this volume in Prints and Drawings 1917,1208.71.265
Associated dates : 1686. Close stylistically to work by Dieppe ivory workers, especially fruit etc on underside and edges.
See Ashley bruckbauer, Ambassadors and Missionaries, Converts and Infudeks, Visualising the 1686 Siamese Embassy to Versailles, in The Journal of the Western Society for French History, 2017.
- Not on display
- Inside rim of lid slightly damaged.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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