27 November 2007
A SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH AN ENAMEL PLAQUE
GENEVA, CIRCA 1800, MAKER'S MARK R, A CROWN ABOVE
oval box, the cover set with an enamel plaque depicting Cornelia and her Children in a classical landscape with statues, pillar and curtain background, surrounded by a band of gold and blue enamel with crescent-shaped gold paillons, the outer border decorated with opaque white enamel and trailing foliage, the sides and base with lavender-blue enamel reserves bordered with gold and royal blue enamel bands, the side reserves divided by paillons of gold urns with foliage and swags, on opaque white enamel ground
3 5/16 on. (84 mm.) wide
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The scene on the lid is after the painting by Angelica Kauffman (Swiss, 1741-1807; active England 1776-1781) in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, depicting Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi, Pointing to her Children as Her Treasures, of circa 1785.
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