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- Cavalry battle on the banks of a river running alongside the walls of a fortified town. Boats, some with sails, glide along the water, while villagers and carts move along the bank below the fighting. Miniature adorning the lid of a rectangular box in brown sea turtle (Chelonioidea spp) shell (pre-Convention) and molded yellow gold (840/ min. 750) mount. Goldsmith's hallmark, incomplete: Adrien-Jean- Maximilien VACHETTE (1779-1839). PARIS, 1798-1809. Repoinçonnée à la tête d'aigle. Gross weight: 81.5 g. - Box: 2.1 x 7.5 x 5.4 cm - Miniature: 4.2 x 6.5 cm. Miniature: 4.2 x 6.5 cm (when viewed). The miniature is slightly missing in the lower right-hand corner. A few scratches and cracks to the tortoiseshell; box bottom to be partially refixed; lid formerly refixed with traces of glue. Provenance: Eve, 17/6/2008, lot 202. Description realized with the assistance of Madame Irène de Château-Thierry for the attribution of the miniature. On cavalry battles and city sieges painted in miniature in the work of Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe, please refer to the work by Monique Maillet - Chassagne and Irène de Château - Thierry, Catalogue raisonné des oeuvres des Van Blarenberghe, 1680 - 1826 ; notamment n° 2 - 115 - 1 à 6, 11 & 12, 116 (SOPREPART Lille 2004).