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A GERMAN ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE
A GERMAN ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE

BY FRÈRES JORDAN (FL. 1790-1820), BERLIN, CIRCA 1790

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A GERMAN ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE
BY FRÈRES JORDAN (FL. 1790-1820), BERLIN, CIRCA 1790
shaped rectangular box with canted rear corners, the shaped cover set with an enamel plaque depicting a Watteau style scene, within taille d’épargne black and white enamel borders, the base with black enamel panels within gold frames
3? in. (98 mm.) wide

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It has been suggested that boxes bearing the marks FJ - with laurel above, with or without a sunray mark and a crossed-S mark, previously attributed to François Joanin, Geneva, are the work of Huguenot goldsmiths who flourished in the Rhineland in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, most notably in Hanau and Berlin. Characterized with the same shallow construction, canted corners and style of decoration and bearing an inventory number struck on the right-hand rim of the cover their production seems to date from circa 1790 to circa 1820. Several boxes similar to the present example are illustrated in the essay Swiss Snuff-Boxes 1785-1835 written by J. Clarke, in H. Williams, ed. Enamels of the World 1700-2000 The Khalili Collections, London, 2009, pp. 293-305.

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