MARIE-LOUISE. Superb oval gold and enamel sugarplum box. The lid is chiseled with palmettes, flowers and foliage on an amatized background, enriched in the center with a medallion with the number "ML" decorated with roses on a blue enamel background. The belt is decorated with four panels of enamelled landscapes, interspersed with urns. The background is decorated with a double enamel net, a series of tri-pearl motifs and a landscape with two characters and a sailing boat. Stamped, signed on the belt inside " N°60 Etienne Nitot et fils, Joaillier bijoutier ordinaire de Sa Majesté l'Impératrice et Reine à Paris ". 9 x 6,5 x Ht : 2,2 cm. Marked with a rooster's head (1809-1819), a ram's head (1819-1838), and the goldsmith's mark of Etienne Lucien BLERZY. B.E. About 1810.
The gold boxes with the figure of the Empress Marie Louise are of great rarity. The figure is in its composition identical to that which one finds on certain models of watch of present of the Empress, which reinforces the attribution of these last ones to Nitot.
Our box would have been offered by the Emperor Napoleon I to his wife at the time of his arrival in France.