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A SWISS JEWELLED ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
A SWISS JEWELLED ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX

BY SENÉ & DETALLA (FL. C. 1795-1805), MARKED, GENEVA, CIRCA 1800

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A SWISS JEWELLED ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
BY SENÉ & DETALLA (FL. C. 1795-1805), MARKED, GENEVA, CIRCA 1800

oval box, the cover, sides and base set with panels of opalescent mauve enamel on a moiré pattern engine-turned gold ground, the cover with an outer border of seed-pearls and centred with a shaped rectangular enamel plaque depicting lovers in a pastoral scene, within gold taille d’épargne and opaque sky-blue enamel borders with similar vase pilasters, in fitted black leather box stamped 'Vedova Arrigoni Milano'
3 in. (76 mm.) wide

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The partnership of the Geneva goldsmiths Philippe Sené and Détalla must have existed since sometime before 1795 but seems to have split up in 1805. By October 1805, Sené had gone into partnership with his brother-in-law Henry Neisser who had come to Geneva from Hanau in 1785/1786. Sené died in November 1807 and Neisser entered a mark on his own account in 1808.

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