30 - 31 May 2012
A BERLIN GOLD-MOUNTED OVAL SNUFF-BOX
CIRCA 1770, WITH FRENCH DECHARGE MARK FOR 1838-1864
The exterior painted in sepia monochrome with putti at various pursuits symbolic of music, architecture, geography and sculpture on a pink ground within rococo-scroll and puce flower cartouches, the interior with a noblewoman in a panelled room in fur-edged blue coat, seated before a crown on a cushion and holding a dog, the hinged gold mount engraved with flowers and scrolls on a hatched ground
3½ in. (9 cm.) wide
Lord Foley, according to a loan label attached to the interior.
C.W. Harris and by descent to the present owner.
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Barbara Beaucamp-Markowsky, Boîtes en Porcelaine, Fribourg 1985, p. 144, no. 108, where it is described as Meissen. The author suggests that the portrait is of Maria Anna Josefa Auguste Margravine of Baden-Baden (1734-1776).
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