25 May 2004
A GERMAN ROCOCO COMPOSITION NEEDLE-CASE INLAID WITH GOLD, SHELLS, BONE AND HARDSTONE
Berlin or Dresden, circa 1740/1760
Tapering irregularly-shaped dark composition étui lined with gold, all over encrusted with rocaille, shellwork, scrolls, figures and waterfalls in chased and embossed gold, engraved and carved mother-of-pearl, carved bone and lapis-lazuli
4¼ in. (108 mm.) long
Sotheby's, Geneva, 11 May 1989, lot 110.
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For snuff-boxes in the same rare technique probably from the same workshop, see Christie's, Geneva, 11 May 1982, lot 183 and Sotheby's, Geneva, 19 November 1996, lot 283.
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