9 December 2008
A GERMAN ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
HANAU, CIRCA 1780, BEARING PRESTIGE MARKS INCLUDING MARKS RESEMBLING THE CHARGE OF JULIEN ALATERRE, THE DISCHARGE OF JULIEN BERTHE AND A CROWNED F AS DATE-LETTER, STRUCK WITH THE POST-1764 HANAU MARK FOR 19 CARAT GOLD
oval box, the cover inset with an oval enamel miniature depicting a scène champêtre with a couple of young Russian peasants, in the manner of Le Prince, the gentleman playing the balalaika, framed by a green enamelled laurel wreath, the cover, four side panels and base enamelled in translucent red on a wavy guilloché ground, the borders enamelled with translucent green-beaded leaves alternating with gold flower-heads, the four side pilasters decorated with green enamelled festoons, all on matted ground
2½ in. (65 mm.) wide
Sale 'Emaillierte Golddosen, Silber', Ball & Graupe, Berlin, 8 May 1928, lot 250.
Sotheby's, London, 16 May 1957, lot 174.
Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1996, lot 291 (as Swiss, Geneva circa 1780)
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For a discussion on Hanau prestige marks, see L. Seelig, Golddosen des 18. Jahrhunderts, Munich, 2007, p. 64.
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