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    Sale 1896

    Important Silver And Objects Of Vertu

    26 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 37

    A FINE SWISS GOLD AND ENAMEL SNUFF BOX

    GENEVA, CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  

    A FINE SWISS GOLD AND ENAMEL SNUFF BOX
    GENEVA, CIRCA 1775
    Oval, the cover, base and sides painted en plein with genre scenes after Fragonard, the matted borders with red, green and white enamel garlands, in original green shagreen velvet-lined case, marked inside base and cover with pseudohallmarks for Paris, 1773
    3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) long


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    These scenes, based on original compositions by Fragonard, were engraved and printed by Nicolas de Launay. The printed titles were Les Beignets (the cover), Le Petit Prédicateur (the base), Interieur Rustique (the front panel), l'Education est Tout (the back panel), L'Heureuse Fecondité (one end panel).

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, Geneva, 26 November 1982, lot 136