22 May 2001
A SWISS SPLIT-PEARL SET AND ENAMELLED GOLD BONBONNIERE APPLIED WITH A MINIATURE
by Sené & Neisser (fl. 1805-1808), marked, Geneva under French occupation, circa 1809-1814, with the 'Petite Recense' for the French Departments 1809-1819 and with the restricted warranty mark for gold, French Departments 1809-1819, later struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold, the miniature French, circa 1790
Circular box, the independent cover later set with a circular portrait miniature of a young lady in profile, painted en grisaille on a slate blue ground, within a marcasite border, the sides and base enamelled with translucent steel blue-grey on an engine-turned ground within opaque black enamel borders, the cover and base framed by clusters of three split-pearls alternating with engraved gold palmettes, the side dividers enamelled and engraved with flowerheads in lozenges, the base centred by a circular reserve painted with a colourful flowerspray on a translucent blue guilloché ground with split-pearl surround
2 1/8 in. (55 mm.) diam.
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