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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 184

    A REGENCY GOLD-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL EROTIC SNUFF-BOX

    IN THE MANNER OF RUNDELL, BRIDGE & RUNDELL, LONDON, CIRCA 1815/20

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    A REGENCY GOLD-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL EROTIC SNUFF-BOX
    IN THE MANNER OF RUNDELL, BRIDGE & RUNDELL, LONDON, CIRCA 1815/20
    rectangular black tortoiseshell box with concave sides, the cover centred by gold rectangle chased with rosette and foliage on sablé ground, gold mounts chased with scrolling foliage and flowers, slightly raised incorporated thumbpiece chased with shell and scroll motifs, the lid with secret cover opening to display an erotic miniature depicting a soldier with his breeches around his knees and a partially clad lady on a green bed within gold réverbère mount
    3¼ in. (82 mm.) wide


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    An associated note on brown paper reads 'Tabatière en or avec miniature de la reine Sophie des Pays Bas Epouse du roi de Hollande Guillaume 3 dorange nee Princesse Wurtemberg Cette tabatière a été donnée par La reine elle même au Vicomte Oliver Walsh chambellan de l'Empereur Napoleon Elle a ete leguée par la Vicomtesse Walsh suivant testament sur lequel elle figure expressement et qui a ete depose aux minutes de l'étude de Me Lemarchand, notaire à Savonnières Marne et Loire'. The box also contains a piece of paper inscribed with a translation of the inscribed note into Spanish.

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