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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 164

    A REGENCY THREE-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX

    BY ALEXANDER JAMES STRACHAN (FL. 1799-1850), MARKED, WITH THE ENGLISH DUTY MARK FOR GOLD 1798-1821, THE LONDON ASSAY OFFICE MARK 1756-1821, LONDON DATE LETTER FOR 1819, THE ENGLISH STANDARD MARK FOR GOLD 1798-1974 AND THE ENGLISH POST-1798 STANDARD MARK FOR 18-CARAT GOLD

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    A REGENCY THREE-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
    BY ALEXANDER JAMES STRACHAN (FL. 1799-1850), MARKED, WITH THE ENGLISH DUTY MARK FOR GOLD 1798-1821, THE LONDON ASSAY OFFICE MARK 1756-1821, LONDON DATE LETTER FOR 1819, THE ENGLISH STANDARD MARK FOR GOLD 1798-1974 AND THE ENGLISH POST-1798 STANDARD MARK FOR 18-CARAT GOLD
    Oblong box, engine-turned wavy ground, the cover with green gold border of acorns and oak leaves against yellow sablé gold ground, with central vacant rose gold cartouche, slightly raised incorporated thumbpiece, chased with scrolling foliage and rocaille
    3¾ in. (95 mm.) wide
    5¾ oz. (166 gr.)


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    Alexander James Strachan supplied gold boxes to the royal goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and Wakelin & Garrard. He was referred to as the 'Paul Storr of gold boxes' by Arthur Grimwade (London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837: Their Marks and Lives, London, 1976, pp. 672-73). For a similar vari-colored gold box by Strachan of 1808, also decorated with an acorn and oak leaf border, see C. Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, vol. 2, London, 1999, p. 66, no. 39.

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