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    Important Objects of Vertu, English, Continental and American Silver

    22 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    A GEORGE IV GOLD SNUFF BOX WITH MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE

    THE BOX MARK OF ALEXANDER STRACHAN, LONDON, 1827; THE PLAQUE ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO AGUATTI, ROME (D. 1846)

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    A GEORGE IV GOLD SNUFF BOX WITH MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
    THE BOX MARK OF ALEXANDER STRACHAN, LONDON, 1827; THE PLAQUE ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO AGUATTI, ROME (d. 1846)
    The box rectangular, the base and sides with engine-turning, the hinged cover later applied with a micromosaic panel of a seated spaniel in the countryside, the mosaic with gilt-metal surround, marked on box and cover
    3¼ in. (8.4 cm.) long


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    The meticulously detailed works of Aguatti and other micromosaic artists were often incorporated into snuffboxes in their original gilt-metal or silver-gilt frames, as here. Alternately, some box makers remounted the micromosaic frames so that they were integral to the boxes. For examples of both types, see: Charles Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, 1991.


    This present example and a similar example of a seated spaniel mosaic, signed by Aguatti (in the collection of the British Museum) are illustrated in Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection of Micromosaics, 2000, p. 75.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's Geneva, 12 November 1980, lot 34


    Pre-Lot Text

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    Literature

    Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection Micromosaics, 2000, illus. p. 75.