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Guilloché "Aide Memoir" (Notebook)

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Description The front of this "aide memoir" or notebook (really a case in the form of a book) shows an oval portrait of a woman with powdered hair. On the back are initials set over woven hair (unpowdered). The letters are hard to make out, but probably read JMBA. On both sides of the "book" varied mechanically produced lines create a starburst effect under transparent green enamel (a technique called "guilloché"). Even the pencil-holder that comes with this case, and acts to fasten it, is engine turned in this fashion. Notes could be made on the ivory tablet inside.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Monogram] J M A B
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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late 18th-19th century
guilloché gold, basse-taille enamel, hair, ivory
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H: 4 x W: 3 1/16 in. (10.2 x 7.7 cm)


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