A gold and enamelled mother-of-pearl snuff-box attributed to A. J. Strachan and enamelled with parrots, flowers and a very similar central red squirrel was sold Sotheby's, London, 10 December 1973, lot 92. For a George IV enamelled gold scent-bottle, circa 1820, with enamelling possibly attributed to A. J. Strachan, and a George II enamelled gold snuff-box by Frederick de Veer (FL. 1731-1781), with later enamelled decoration by Strachan, very similar to the enamelling on the present lot, see Christie's, London, 8 December 2011, lots 5 and 121. Alexander James Strachan supplied gold boxes to the royal goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and Wakelin & Garrard. He was referred to as the 'Paul Storr of gold boxes' by Arthur Grimwade (London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837: Their Marks and Lives, London, 1976, pp. 672-73).