DescriptionA French Fruitwood and Marquetry Inlaid Snuff Box with Ballooning Motif, circa 1840
1-1/8 inches high x 3-1/8 inches diameter (2.9 x 7.9 cm)
Bonhams, Fine Ballooning Art: The Property of a Gentleman, 16 December 1991, Lot. 50;
Acquired from the above.
The box having lid with circular cartouche framed in outer tiled wood border, cartouche with exquisite marquetry depicting gas-powered balloon, exterior flanges with vari-color wood tiles, underside with conforming design and floral blossom to center cartouche.
Some age-related warping and cracking to interior flanges to base, other errant age-related cracking, light warping to veneer to underside at margin, presenting well with wear commensurate with age and use.
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