27 November 2007,
Price realised GBP 5,000
GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
AN ITALIAN GEM-SET GOLD AND TORTOISESHELL SNUFF-BOX
oval box, the tortoiseshell piqué-posé decorated with foliate scrolls, the centre set with silver-mounted heart-shaped ruby and heart, further silver-mounted diamonds and rubies surrounded by silver trailing foliage, the interior cover set with a miniature on ivory depicting a putto on the back of an bird of prey in flight, inscribed above 'L'amour triomphe [ ]' the tortoiseshell base inlaid with gold basket containing mother-of-pearl fruit, the gold sides with reeded rims, the raised thumbpiece and hinges set with diamonds
3¼ in. (82 mm.) wide
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