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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 42

    SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX

    BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BAUTTE & CO. (FL. 1837-1855), MARKED, GENEVA, CIRCA 1840, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'J. F. BAUTTE. & CIE = A GENEVE'

    Price Realised  

    SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
    BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BAUTTE & CO. (FL. 1837-1855), MARKED, GENEVA, CIRCA 1840, THE FLANGE ENGRAVED 'J. F. BAUTTE. & CIE = A GENEVE'
    rectangular box, the cover, base and bombé sides with taille d'épargne opaque black enamel decorated with scrolling foliage, flowers and strapwork, the lid centred with a coat of arms depicting three bears surmounted by helm, and crest of crown and bear, the base centred with an eight-petaled rosette
    3 in. (76 mm.) wide


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    The interior of the lid is engraved 'Genévè [sic] = 1834.' The right side of the flange is engraved '18 Carat'.
    After the death of Jean-François Bautte (1772-1837), the firm continued under the name of 'Jean-François Bautte & Cie' until 1855 when it changed its name to 'Rossel, Bautte & Cie'.

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