Description This étui, or needle case, is covered with gold reliefs showing nymphs making offerings to the Roman goddess Venus or Ceres, putti flying or seated on clouds, and, at the top, pastoral trophies, all surrounded by delicate floral garlands and scrollwork. There is a gold inscription on the small horizontal band of white enamel separating the lower part of the case from the sliding lid.
- Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
- Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
- Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
- Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. 2015-2016.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On enamel band separating the two parts of the case, in gold: CROYEZ A MES SENTIMENTS AFFECTUEUX; [Translation] With sincere affection; [Export Mark] Two boll weevils on the shaft covered by lid indicating that it was exported from France in 1893 or 1894.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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