Royal French Presse-papier Paperweight Commissioned by Henri d'Orleans re. Chateau de Chantilly
Our silver and marble presse-papier, circa 1886-1888, is one of four commissioned in 1886 by duc d'Aumale, Henri d'Orleans (1822-1897) to commemorate the passing of the Chateau de Chantilly to l'Institut de France. One was produced for each of four individuals who were key to the transfer, including Edouard Bocher, Ernest Denormandie, Enrico Limbourg and Edmundo Rousse. Our paperweight is dedicated to Bocher (1811-1900), a politician and manager of the Orleans family estate.
It was designed by Honoré Daumet (1826-1911) and manufactured by P.H. Emile Froment-Meurice (1837-1913). It features an ivory relief of Henri d'Orleans by Paulin Tasset after Jules-Clément Chaplain (1839-1909), and miniature on ivory by M. Dollé, Paris, depicting Château de Chantilly. 8 1/8 by 9 by 4 5/8 in, 20.6 by 23 by 11.8 cm. With its original silk-lined, gilt-embossed leather-covered presentation case with the logo of Froment-Meurice.
Provenance: Gift of Prince Henri d'Orléans, duc d'Aumale, to Edouard Bocher, 1888. Acquired from a Parisien antique dealer, circa 1960 and sold by Christie's in London on September 30, 2004, in lot 135 for 19,120 GBP.
It is centered by a circular double-sided frame with lappeted edge and fleur-de-lys decorated border, enclosing on one side a view of the Château de Chantilly, signed to the lower right Mlle M. Dollé 1888 Pinxit, and inset to the other with a profile portrait medallion of Henri d'Orléans, duc d'Aumale, inscribed J.-C. CHAPLAIN/1887. It is flanked by a pair of sejant winged lions and supported on a scrolled foot. One side is applied with a cartouche displaying the Bourbon-Condé coat of arms, and on the other engraved AMICO/EDUARDO BOCHER/IN MEMORIAM/VII. A. KAL. NOV./MDCCCLXXXVI, above a shield with H.O. monogram for Henri d'Orleans. The edge of a scroll is engraved FROMENT-MEURICE. Setupon oval shaped porphyry plinth with hallmarks to the tips of the lions' wings.