DescriptionA François Joanin Swiss Gold and Enamel Snuff Box, Geneva, Switzerland, circa 1815
Marks: FJ (laurel, (prestige marks), 6280 (to bezel)
0-1/2 h x 3-3/8 w x 2-1/2 d inches (1.3 x 8.6 x 6.4 cm)
Christie's New York, October 2003, Sale 1286, lot 190;
Acquired above, private collection.
The canted rectangular box with a finely painted inset plaque of an idyllic landscape on an opalescent oyster-pink ground, surrounded by engraved chevron and foliage border on a sablé ground, the engraved coral-pattern panels to the sides alternating with Lily-of-the-Valley plants to the cants, conforming border to underside framing a coral-patterned panel.
Light scratches to the painted plaque with small inclusions to the corners and the left side, otherwise with light surface scratches to the gold elements indicative of age and use, presents well.
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