22 May 2001
A LOUIS XV-STYLE ENAMELLED VARI-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF-BOX
bearing marks resembling a Paris maker's mark with initials 'CAB', a Paris date-letter 'X', the charge mark of Jean-Jacques Prevost and the discharge mark of Eloy Brichard, struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold
Ingot-shaped box, the cover, four sides and base enamelled in opaque green to simulate bloodstone, centred by shaped cartouches enamelled en plein with playful grisaille-putti in clouds against a purple sky ground, framed by reeded foliate and floral borders chased in four-colour gold, fluted and plain gold borders, the upper border of the sides chased with c-scrolls, shellwork and flowers in three-colour gold on a sablé band
2¾ in. (70 mm.) wide
The celebrated collection of the Royal Hungarian Hofrat Gustav von Gerhardt, Budapest; (+) part I, Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Berlin, 7-9 November 1911, lot 500.
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