Another rare offering - a French Gilt-Embossed Red Leather Playing Card Case with Balloon Motif, circa 1790.
Size: 3 h by 3 w by 2-1/8 d inches (7.6 by 7.6 by 5.4 cm)
Condition: Some flaking to gilding. Pleasing patina. Lower corner to lid with light crack. Some rubbing and dirt accretions, errant scratching, with wear commensurate with age and use.
PROVENANCE: Bonhams, Fine Ballooning Art: The Property of a Gentleman, 16 December 1991, Lot. 20;
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18th Century French Gilt-Embossed Red Leather Playing Card Case with Balloon Motif