27 November 2007
A CONTINENTAL ENAMELLED SILVER-GILT SNUFF-BOX
PROBABLY VIENNA, CIRCA 1880, LATER STRUCK WITH TWO FRENCH POST-1893 IMPORT MARKS FOR SILVER
rectangular with cut corners, the cover, sides and base enamelled in tranlucent blue on an engine-turned ground, the cover centred with an oval enamel plaque depicting Venus and Cupid in a landscape, the base centred with an oval blue enamel reserve on an engine-turned ground with sunburst pattern and eight-leaf flowerhead, slightly raised silver thumbpiece
3 in. (76 mm.) wide
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The miniature is copied after a print from Angelica Kauffmann's oil painting Sappho inspired by Love, a version of which is in The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota.
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