Swiss Gold Neoclassical Étui

  • This stunning 18th-century Swiss étui is crafted of elegant yellow gold
  • Neoclassical pagodas and decorative borders adorn this exquisite objet d'art
  • These ornamental cases were prized possessions of the elite, and were often given as gifts
  • Exceptional, early examples such as this are tremendously rare and desirable
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Item No. 30-6088

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This incredible 18th-century Swiss gold étui is a work of skillful artistry. Crafted entirely of yellow gold, this stunning container bears an exceptional, engraved Neoclassical design punctuated by pagodas on each side. Stunning in its artistry and beauty, this étui flawlessly reflects the 18th-century taste for classical refinement and delicate, intricate ornamentation. 

Named from the Old French word “estuier,” meaning “to keep or hold,” a étui is a very versatile item. These ornamental cases could be made of any material, from precious metals like gold or silver to exotic materials such as tortoiseshell or shagreen, or shark’s skin. Though many were used for more clandestine reasons, some also served the most practical purpose of holding small items such as sealing wax for letters, scissors, thimbles, bodkins and needles, makeup pencils and even a doctor’s lancet.

Circa 1780

4" length
Swiss Gold Neoclassical Étui
Period: 18th Century
Origin: Switzerland
Type: Decorative Boxes
Depth: 0.25 Inches
Length: 4
Width: 0.75 Inches
Height: 4.5 Inches
Style: Neoclassical

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