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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