• 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 291

    A GERMAN ROCOCO MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND GOLD BOÎTE-À-DEUX-TABACS

    PROBABLY DRESDEN, CIRCA 1750, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO FRENCH IMPORT MARKS FOR GOLD 1864-1893, WITH ANOTHER ERASED MARK

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN ROCOCO MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND GOLD BOÎTE-À-DEUX-TABACS
    PROBABLY DRESDEN, CIRCA 1750, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO FRENCH IMPORT MARKS FOR GOLD 1864-1893, WITH ANOTHER ERASED MARK
    Rectangular gold-lined box with two compartments and hinged covers, all sides inlaid with mother-of-pearl panels, those on lids and sides carved and engraved with fountains and applied with gold reliefs embossed, chased and engraved with Neptune and Amphitrite reclining against a rocaille ground with a staircase and fountain, the front and rear sides with mirrored birds perched on scrolls drinking from a fountain, the right and left sides with mirrored dolphins drinking from a cascade, chased gold cagework mounts, raised incorporated scrolling double-thumbpiece
    3 1/8 in. (80 mm.) wide


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    For a similarly mounted and engraved German mother-of-pearl boîte-à-deux-tabacs, of circa 1740-50, see C. Le Corbeiller, European and American Snuff Boxes 1730-1830, London, 1966, no. 246.

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    Provenance

    Reputed to have been in the collection of the King of Hanover.
    Christie's, Geneva, 16 May 1984, lot 576.
    Christie's, Geneva, 14 November 1995, lot 99.