French, Nineteenth Century
The Hull-Grundy Gift to
The British Museum
Known as an "aide-mémoire", this notebook with hinged covers of blue enamel on a guilloche ground is decorated with applied four-color gold trophies of gardening implements on one side and doves, and bows and arrows on the other.
Each trophy is entwined with a gold ribbon and an inscription in rose diamonds set in silver.
The piece is clasped with a sliding gold pencil. The interior sports three ivory leaves, each containing writing in French from its original Nineteenth Century owner.