• 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 123

    A FRENCH JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX

    BY ALEXANDRE-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1833-1850), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1840, STRUCK WITH THE FRENCH THIRD STANDARD MARK FOR GOLD 1839-1919, WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 893

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    A FRENCH JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
    BY ALEXANDRE-RAOUL MOREL (FL. 1833-1850), MARKED, PARIS, CIRCA 1840, STRUCK WITH THE FRENCH THIRD STANDARD MARK FOR GOLD 1839-1919, WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 893
    Rectangular box with cut corners, the cover centred with the oriental inscription 'Mohammed Amiran' in rose-cut diamonds on a frosted gold ground, the border engraved with a band of scrolling foliage on a champlevé opaque sky-blue enamel ground applied with 22 old mine-cut diamonds, the sides of burnished gold, the cut corners and base enamelled in opaque sky-blue champlevé with engraved gold trailing foliage and intertwined bands
    3 3/8 in. (86 mm.) wide


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    Gold boxes by Alexandre-Raoul Morel (born 1801), who took over the business of his father the famous goldsmith Gabriel-Raoul Morel in 1832, are rare. He was last recorded in 1850. Another presentation snuff-box, with inventory number 904, is illustrated in C. Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, Los Angeles, 1991, p. 145, no. 51.

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    Provenance

    Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1997, lot 215.