DescriptionA Jean-Joseph Isaac Bellamy Swiss Enameled Gold and Seed Pearl Snuff Box, Geneva, Switzerland, circa 1790
Marks: JJ, IB
1-7/8 h x 2-3/4 w x 2 d inches (4.8 x 7.0 x 5.1 cm)
Christie's, London, June 2015, Sale 10397, lot 217;
Acquired above, private collection.
The hinged, ovular box with a finely painted, octagonal enamel plaque depicting a shepherdess with a sleeping child, set within a seed pearl border, panels of dark blue enamel with taille d'épargne scrolling gilt paillons and foliage with green enamel leaves to the lid, sides, and base, canted rectangular cartouche to underside with an illustration of a hunting dog persuing fowl in paillons.
Note: Bezel is struck with a Parisian post-1838 standard mark for gold.
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000.
Light scratches to the enameled plaque and panels to the lid and base, small restoration to the panel below the hinge, otherwise with surface scratches to the gold elements and enamel indicative of age and light use.
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