28 November 2006
AN IMPORTANT SWISS ENAMELLED GOLD SNUFF-BOX SET WITH A ROMAN MICROMOSAIC PLAQUE
the box by Jean-François Bautte & Co., marked, Geneva, circa 1840, the flange engraved 'J. F. Bautte. &. Cme a. Geneve', the micromosaic from the Barberi workshop, Rome, circa 1840
Rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover inset with a fine rectangular micromosaic depicting a waterfall in a mountainous landscape, within a raised black and white enamelled rim, the sides and base panels of frosted gold and enamelled en relief with multi-colour flowers finely painted in opaque enamel and with leaves in translucent green enamel, the borders enamelled with translucent green leaves and white chevrons, the four corners of the base walls chased with fluted columns
3 3/8 in. (87 mm.) wide
Formerly Jeanne van Volxem Collection.
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After the death of Jean-François Bautte (1772-1837), the firm continued under the name of 'Jean-François Bautte & Cie' until 1855 when it changed its name to 'Rossel, Bautte & Cie'.
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