27 November 2007,
Price realised GBP 3,750
GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
A SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX
GENEVA, CIRCA 1780/1800, WITH PRESTIGE MARKS INCLUDING MAKER'S MARK LFT, A PSEUDO-PARISIAN DATE-LETTER CROWNED K, A ROSETTE RESEMBLING THE CHARGE MARK OF JULIEN ALATERRE AND A HEN'S HEAD RESEMBLING THE DISCHARGE MARK OF JULIEN BERTHE
oblong box (boîte en baignoire, 'bathtub box'), the cover, and base engine-turned with a scalework pattern, enamelled in translucent yellow within band of opaque white enamel, raised rope-twist border with opaque white enamel pellets and blue flowers, and translucent green foliage, the sides similarly decorated, with four reserves divided by enamelled foliage on a frosted ground
3 in. (75 mm.) wide
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Eight gold boxes by this prolific goldsmith, all identically marked as the present box, are in the Louvre (see S. Grandjean, Les tabatières du musée du Louvre, Paris, 1981, nos. 566-568, 570-574).
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