A GERMAN ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
A GERMAN ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
A GERMAN ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
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A GERMAN ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX

POSSIBLY BERLIN, CIRCA 1790, WITH SPURIOUS MARKS FOR PARIS 1784-1789

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A GERMAN ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
POSSIBLY BERLIN, CIRCA 1790, WITH SPURIOUS MARKS FOR PARIS 1784-1789
Oval box, the cover, sides and base each centred with an enamel plaque, each with a colourful domestic scene, after Teniers, within lapis-lazuli coloured enamelled frames, the cover and base plaques further framed by enamel floral sprays, the sablé borders set with slightly raised trailing garlands of translucent green enamel foliage held by gold rosettes, the side pilasters with chased vari-colour gold musical and theatrical trophies on a sablé gold ground
3 in. (75 mm.) wide
Provenance
A. Maze.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 28 April 1976, lot 181 (CHF 26,000).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 14 November 1978, lot 322.
Sotheby's, New York, 6 December 1995, lot 28.
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Lot Essay


The enamelled scenes are in the style of David Teniers the Younger (1610-90), whose paintings of village, family and tavern scenes were extremely popular with european aristocracy and therefore a source of inspiration for enamel artists particularly in France and Switzerland. However, in this instance the enamelled scenes are painted in the French 18th century taste, with domestic scenes in softer tones, much in the style of Jean-Baptiste Greuze. The quality of the decoration is more refined than would have been produced in Hanau and is comparable in style to snuff-boxes by Mathieu Coiny fils and Jean-Charles Ducrollay (see one by Coiny dated 1762-63 in the Metropolitan Museum, New York - acc. no 17.190.1112 - and one by Ducrollay dated 1759-60 in the Gilbert Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London - acc. No 310-1885).

In the 1978 catalogue, the box was catalogued as Louis XVI and the enamelled scenes were attributed to Pierre de Maillé who worked in Paris from 1748 to 1785.

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