22 May 2001
A SWISS JEWELLED BOÎTE-À-SURPRISE
by Jean-Georges Rémond & Co., marked, Geneva, circa 1815, later struck with two French post-1893 import marks for gold, the miniatures later
Octagonal box, the double-lidded cover opening to reveal a secret compartment showing the miniature of a moustached Oriental gentleman mounted into a hinged gold panel conceiling a second portrait miniature depicting a young lady, the secret mechanism released by a lever on the front side of the cover, the outside of the cover applied with a floral motif of silver-mounted diamonds, rubies and an emerald, pierced and set on an octagonal gold panel, flanked by two female figures in classical dresses representing Peace and Abundance engraved on a polished ground, the side and base panels with engine-turned reeding, the borders stamped with flowerheads alternating with trefoils on sablé bands
3¼ in. (84 mm.) wide
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