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Lot 221Of Royal Interest: Two French Silver Wine Coasters from the Service of Louis XVIII
One marked Martin-Guillaume Beinnais, Paris, circa 1810
Each circular with pierced galleries and beaded borders, the centers engraved with the Royal arms of Louis XVIII, in a fitted Cartier box. Diameter 4 7/8 inches (12 cm), total approximately 13 ounces.

Sotheby's, New York, April 8, 2014, lot 230
Cartier, New York, July 16, 1931

Beinnais was Court Goldsmith to Napoleon I, and as such, the Bourbon Court did not continue the relationship after the Restoration. This pair of coasters were likely inherited by Louis XVIII from a Napoleonic silver service, with the Royal arms re-engraved after those of the deposed Imperial usurper had been neatly removed.

Sold for $6,300
Estimate $6,000-9,000

Good condition overall; very slight difference in scale of pierced galleries; light surface marking and scuffing as expected from normal use

Beinnais example - clearly hallmarked underside and numbered 89; center engraved arms over an erasure; three small losses from pierced gallery

Other - apparently unmarked; engraved arms to center; small scratch to field; fraction taller than other example

The Cartier box with light marking and staining

With note from Cartier about the coasters dated July 16, 1931

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