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    Sale 7556

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    10 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    A SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX

    BY GUIDON, REMOND & GIDE, MARKED, GENEVA, 1792-1801

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    A SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
    BY GUIDON, REMOND & GIDE, MARKED, GENEVA, 1792-1801
    rectangular with cut corners, the base enamelled in translucent mocha-brown on a wavy engine-turned ground, within opaque white enamel border with blue enamelled band of sea shell and scroll paillons, the sides similarly decorated within a border of white opaque enamel, the corners enamelled in translucent blue with wheatsheafs, the cover painted with Venus showing Aeneas and Achates the way to Carthage, in a landscape with a river and castle in the distance
    3 5/8 in. (90 mm.) wide


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    The scene is that related in the Aeneid I:314-371, of Venus, mother of Aeneas, appearing to him for the second time. The Trojans were shipwrecked near Carthage and Aeneas, accompanied by Achates, set out to explore. Venus, disguised as a huntress, interrupted their wanderings to direct them to Dido's palace. The scene derives from an engraving of a painting by Angelica Kauffmann executed in 1768.

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