A number of boxes made in London at the turn of the 19th Century display distinctive sepia on brown ground enamelling. As can be seen on the present example, these scenes are often bordered in opaque white champlevé enamel and depict classicising figures in imitation of cameos. The fashion for this type of enamelling is attributed to the work of James Morisset, Louis and Simon Augustin Toussaint, William Charron and probably Gabriel Wirgman. The Gilbert Collection, now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, contains a similarly enamelled box of London manufacture from circa 1800 (C. Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, Los Angeles, 1991, pp. 318-319, no. 110).