• 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 126

    A GERMAN TWO-COLOUR GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX

    BY CHARLES COLIN'S SONS (FL. C. 1815-1870), MARKED, HANAU, CIRCA 1815/1818

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    A GERMAN TWO-COLOUR GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
    BY CHARLES COLIN'S SONS (FL. C. 1815-1870), MARKED, HANAU, CIRCA 1815/1818
    Rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover centred with rectangular reserve of pink gold horizontal scalework and acanthus pattern on sablé ground within reeded border, the corners of the lid chased with flower-baskets and scrolling foliage with laurel leaf border between, the cover, sides and base engine-turned with peaked ovals and wavy horizontal reeding between fluted bands, the side pilasters with tulips and paisley foliage on frosted ground, the base similarly decorated, the inside cover engraved 'Andenken von seiner Maÿestäet Alexander dem Käÿser aller Reußsen den 12t. December 1818.'
    3 5/16 in. (84 mm.) wide
    3 oz. (86 gr.)


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    Charles Colin was described as médailleur; bijoutier of Hanau, specialising in gold boxes. Upon his death on 29 October 1817, his successful career was contined by his sons, Esaie and Jacob Charles Colin, also described as bijoutiers. Jacob Charles Colin married Jeanne Anne Thérèse Remond (b. 1787), the eldest daughter of the celebrated Swiss goldsmith Jean Georges Remond, in 1811. While Remond is most famous for his work as a gold box maker in Geneva, it is believed that he maintained professional relationships in Hanau, retiring there sometime before 1820.

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    Provenance

    According to the engraved inscription, presented by Tsar Alexander I of Russia (1777-1825) on 12 December 1818.