• 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 317

    A FINE SWISS FOUR-COLOUR GOLD AND ENAMEL SNUFF-BOX

    GENEVA, CIRCA 1770/1780, MARKED WITH PRESTIGE MARKS INCLUDING A PARTIALLY RUBBED MAKER'S MARK ENDING IN 'P', WITH THE RÉCENSE FROM THE SOUTH DIVISION (MONTPELLIER) FOR 1780-1784, LATER STRUCK WITH A PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR GOLD, ENGRAVED WITH INVENTORY NO. 2

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    A FINE SWISS FOUR-COLOUR GOLD AND ENAMEL SNUFF-BOX
    GENEVA, CIRCA 1770/1780, MARKED WITH PRESTIGE MARKS INCLUDING A PARTIALLY RUBBED MAKER'S MARK ENDING IN 'P', WITH THE RÉCENSE FROM THE SOUTH DIVISION (MONTPELLIER) FOR 1780-1784, LATER STRUCK WITH A PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR GOLD, ENGRAVED WITH INVENTORY NO. 2
    Oval box, the cover, sides and base engine-turned with horizontal reeding, the lid centred by an oval medallion enamelled en plein and depicting Achilles' quarrel with Agamemnon, within a fluted border with ribbon-tie above and green gold laurels below, the sides flanked with vari-colour gold flower swags, the base similarly chased and enamelled with a scene of Ajax and Odysseus fighting over the arms of Achilles, the sides of the base with four medallions enamelled en plein depicting scenes of the birth and death of Achilles, Thetis dipping Achilles in the Styx, and Achilles and the daughters of Lycomedes, all connected with vari-coloured gold laurel swags secured with bows suspending bouquets, the borders decorated with polished gold water-bead chains entwining floral garlands in vari-colour gold
    3¼ in. (83 mm.) wide


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    The enamelled scene on the cover of the present snuff-box was inspired by Pierre François Tardieu's engraving Colère d'Achille, taken after Charles-Charles-Antoine Coypel's painting of 1737.

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    Provenance

    John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) Collection, New York.
    with Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York.
    Henry Ford II (1917-1987) Collection; Sotheby, Parke, Bernet, New York, 25 February 1978, lot 31.
    Sotheby's, New York, 21 June 1994, lot 118.