22 May 2001
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
A VERY FINE SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A ROMAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
the box by Jean-François Bautte & Co., marked, Geneva, circa 1830, the flange engraved 'J. F. BAUTTE. &. COP.IE A. GENEVE.', the micromosaic signed 'Barberi'
Rectangular box with wavy outlines, the cover inset with a fine rectangular micromosaic depicting a pair of small Spitz in lion clip on a leopard skin, the cover, sides and base enamelled in black and white on a taille d'épargne ground with foliage and flowers within reeded borders, the four sides enamelled en plein with hunting topics, the base inset with a scrolling shaped enamel plaque depicting three hunters and their hounds in a landscape
3 5/8 in. (92 mm.) wide
With S. Bulgari.
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For micro-mosaics by the Barberis, see J. Hanisee Gabriel, The Gilbert Collection. Micromosaics, London, 2000, passim.
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