10 June 2008
A SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIÈRE
BY FRANÇOIS JOANIN, MARKED, GENEVA, CIRCA 1800, WITH PRESTIGE MARKS, THE FLANGE STRUCK WITH INVENTORY NO. 2960
circular box, the independent cover and base enamelled, the base in translucent blue on an engine-turned spiralling coin-pattern ground bordered by bands of opaque peppermint green and white enamel, the sides enamelled in translucent blue on a wavy engine-turned ground, the lid painted in the centre with a landscape with mountains and figures by a river, on a sunburst guilloché ground, surrounded by bands of gold, opaque blue enamel, peppermint-green and white, the sides decorated with scrolling foliage within white enamel bands
3 in. (77 mm.) diam.
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