5 June 2007
A FINE GEORGE II GOLD SNUFF-BOX
MAKER'S MARK H·M ATTRIBUTED TO HENRY MILLER II (FL. FROM 1733), MARKED, WITH THE LONDON ASSAY OFFICE MARK 1739-1756, THE ENGLISH STANDARD MARK FOR 22-CARAT GOLD 1739-1756, LONDON DATE LETTER 'P' FOR MAY 1750 - MAY 1751
Cartouche-shaped box, the matted gold cover boldly chased and embossed with a scene depicting the crowning of Hope by Chronos, and Humility represented by a lamb embraced by Cupid, within polished reeded c-scrolls, foliage and shells, raised thumbpiece, the polished gold sides chased with reserves depicting flowers, shells and reeded c-scrolls, the base similarly chased on a sablé ground
2 7/8 in. (73 mm.) wide
4 oz. (116 gr.)
With Bracher and Sydenham Ltd., Reading, in 1965.
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R. Edgcumbe, The Art of the Gold Chaser in Eighteenth-Century London, Oxford, 2000, p. 133.
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