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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    AN ITALIAN GEM-SET GOLD AND TORTOISESHELL SNUFF-BOX

    CIRCA 1720

    Price Realised  

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    AN ITALIAN GEM-SET GOLD AND TORTOISESHELL SNUFF-BOX
    CIRCA 1720
    oval box, the tortoiseshell piqué-posé decorated with foliate scrolls, the centre set with silver-mounted heart-shaped ruby and heart, further silver-mounted diamonds and rubies surrounded by silver trailing foliage, the interior cover set with a miniature on ivory depicting a putto on the back of an bird of prey in flight, inscribed above 'L'amour triomphe [ ]' the tortoiseshell base inlaid with gold basket containing mother-of-pearl fruit, the gold sides with reeded rims, the raised thumbpiece and hinges set with diamonds
    3¼ in. (82 mm.) wide


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