London, South Kensington
7 - 8 July 2010
A FRENCH SILVER AND NIELLO SNUFF BOX
Cover depicting Rebecca at the well, base and sides with repetitive geometric decoration; together with a Victorian silver vesta case by Jane Brownett, London, 1885, with pull-out drawer with gilt interior, striker sffixed to front of drawer, inscribed C.R.S. from W.H.G. 1887; and a Japanese silver box with pull-off top, applied Chrystanthemum of Japan to cover and engraved with foliage
First box 3 in. long (7.8 cm.) (3)
The niello box was a gift to Albert Edward John, 7th Earl Spencer (1892-1975) from M. Harry Milner in 1913.
The Japanese box was the gift of Prince Fushimi of Japan (1875-1946) to Charles Robert, Viscount Althorp, later 6th Earl Spencer (1857-1922) in 1907, during the Prince's three years in Britain 1907-1910.
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Albert Edward John, 7th Earl Spencer (1892-1975), Catalogue of Snuff Boxes at Althorp, 1937, nos. 51 & 124
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