VARIOUS PROPERTIES
A GEORGE IV GOLD SNUFF BOX WITH MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE

THE BOX MARK OF ALEXANDER STRACHAN, LONDON, 1827; THE PLAQUE ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO AGUATTI, ROME (D. 1846)

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A GEORGE IV GOLD SNUFF BOX WITH MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
THE BOX MARK OF ALEXANDER STRACHAN, LONDON, 1827; THE PLAQUE ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO AGUATTI, ROME (d. 1846)
The box rectangular, the base and sides with engine-turning, the hinged cover later applied with a micromosaic panel of a seated spaniel in the countryside, the mosaic with gilt-metal surround, marked on box and cover
3¼ in. (8.4 cm.) long
Provenance
Sotheby's Geneva, 12 November 1980, lot 34
Literature
Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection Micromosaics, 2000, illus. p. 75.

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Lot Essay

The meticulously detailed works of Aguatti and other micromosaic artists were often incorporated into snuffboxes in their original gilt-metal or silver-gilt frames, as here. Alternately, some box makers remounted the micromosaic frames so that they were integral to the boxes. For examples of both types, see: Charles Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, 1991.


This present example and a similar example of a seated spaniel mosaic, signed by Aguatti (in the collection of the British Museum) are illustrated in Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection of Micromosaics, 2000, p. 75.
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