• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 310

    A CONTINENTAL ENAMELLED THREE-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX

    MAKER'S MARK 'LFT', PROBABLY HANAU, CIRCA 1780, WITH PRESTIGE MARKS, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO FRENCH POST-1893 IMPORT MARKS FOR GOLD AND THE PRAGUE 'GOLDREPUNZE' OF 1806 FOR MEDIUM-SIZED ITEMS

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    A CONTINENTAL ENAMELLED THREE-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
    MAKER'S MARK 'LFT', PROBABLY HANAU, CIRCA 1780, WITH PRESTIGE MARKS, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO FRENCH POST-1893 IMPORT MARKS FOR GOLD AND THE PRAGUE 'GOLDREPUNZE' OF 1806 FOR MEDIUM-SIZED ITEMS
    Oval box, the lid inset with an oval enamel medallion painted with a young lady in classical dress with two attendant putti garlanding an altar of Love, within a bright-cut and fluted border framed by berry border interspersed with four vari-colour gold flower-sprays on sablé ground, the panels on lid, sides and base engine-turned with coin pattern within berry and flower-spray gold borders flanked with opaque rose pompadour enamel borders, the top rim of the side chased with pink and green gold foliate swags, the four side pilasters chased with pastoral trophies of Music against opaque pink enamel ground
    3¼ in. (82 mm.) wide


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    It has been suggested that the maker's mark 'LFT' could correspond to 'Les Frères Toussaint' in Hanau (L. Seelig, op. cit., pp. 186-7). On the basis of this research, a miniature-set enamelled gold bonbonnière marked 'LFT' in the Wallace collection, formerly attributed to 19th Century Swiss manufacture, is now believed to have been crafted in Hanau during the second half of the 18th Century (C. Truman, 'Some German Gold Boxes in the Wallace Collection', The British Antique Dealers' Association Annual Handbook 2009/2010, London, 2009, p. 11).

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, Geneva, 19 November 1996, lot 301.


    Literature

    L. Seelig, Golddosen des 18. Jahrhunderts aus dem Besitz der Fürsten von Thurn und Taxis, Munich, 2007, p. 396 footnote 30.