27 November 2007
A SWISS GOLD AND ENAMEL SNUFF-BOX
MAKER'S MARK GT, NEUCHÂTEL, CIRCA 1820
rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover set with a rectangular enamel plaque depicting Minerva and an attendant holding a laurel crown, admiring a marble head of Alexander the Great on a plinth, within a black enamelled gold frame, bordered by a band of gold foliage interlaced with a ribbon band, against a matted gold background, the base similarly bordered, enclosing a panel with engine-turned diaper pattern, the four side panels decorated with a band of polished crescents enclosing leaves
3 5/8 in. (91 mm.) wide
Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1997, lot 232.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately