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    Sale 2039

    Important Silver and Objects of Vertu

    23 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 19

    A GERMAN GOLD AND HARDSTONE "STEINKABINETTS-TABATIERE"

    JOHANN-CHRISTIAN NEUBER, DRESDEN, CIRCA 1780

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN GOLD AND HARDSTONE "STEINKABINETTS-TABATIERE"
    JOHANN-CHRISTIAN NEUBER, DRESDEN, CIRCA 1780
    Circular, the base, sides and cover set with 57 panels of Saxon hardstone identified by engraved numbers, the center of the independent cover with an oval border of simulated pearls enclosing a later mosaic, the gold borders with engraved ornament, apparently unmarked
    2 3/8 in. (60 mm.) diameter


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    In April 1786, Neuber advertised his trademark stone-cabinet boxes in the Journal der Moden, describing "oval and circular boxes for gentlemen and ladies, as stone-cabinets, mounted in gold and lined with gold, of all Saxon country-stones, such as carnelians, chalcedonies, amethysts, jaspers, agates, and petrified wood, numbered, together with an inventory of the names, and where they can be found; a box for gentlemen (Mannsdose) costs 150-300 Reichsthaler, a box for ladies (Damesdose) 90-150 Reichsthaler" (W. Holzhausen, Johann Christian Neuber, Dresden, 1935, p. 12). A very similar box was sold at Christie's, Geneva, November 14, 1995, lot 68, and another example is in the Royal Saxon Collection of the Green Vaults, Dresden (illustrated in Das Grunes Gewölbe zu Dresden, 1994, illus. p. 232).

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A WEST COAST COLLECTOR