• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

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

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 125

    TWO SWISS GOLD SNUFF-BOXES, ONE SET WITH A MINIATURE

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    TWO SWISS GOLD SNUFF-BOXES, ONE SET WITH A MINIATURE
    Rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover, sides and base engine-turned, the lid set with a glazed, circular watercolour on ivory miniature of a gentleman, in light coat (Geneva, circa 1800, struck with an 18 carat gold mark; the miniature, circa 1790); together with a rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover with an oval reserve stamped with trophies of Love, surrounded by foliate scrolls, the sides and base engine turned with various patterns including trailing laurel, bright-cut medallions, and foliate ribbon guilloché (probably Geneva, circa 1820)
    2 7/8 in. (73 mm.) wide; 2 3/8 in. (60 mm.) wide, respectively
    1½ oz. (46 gr.) (2)


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    Provenance

    The former, Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1997, lot 221.