Description

    A Swiss Enameled Vari-Colored Gold and Moss Agate Snuff Box, Geneva, Switzerland, circa 1780
    Marks: B (crowned), (crowned undecipherable mark), ii (probable French warranty mark)
    1 h x 2-3/4 w x 2 d inches (2.5 x 7.0 x 5.1 cm)
    102.05 grams

    The hinged, ovular box with cover, sides, and base set with panels of translucent emerald-green enamel over peak-patterned engine-turned ground, surrounding running borders composed of vari-colored gold rosettes and foliage on a sablé ground, lid centered with an inset enameled plaque depicting an allegorical scene with diaphanous clad females and putti in grisaille, surrounded by a beaded border in gold and flanking moss agate cabochons, sides with alternating agate cabochons and oval reserves modeled with musical instruments and landscapes in gold, landscape cartouche to the underside with flanking agate cabochons.


    Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Light dent to the foot, a faint 1/2 inch scratch to the enameled plaque, light crazing to one of the enameled spandrels to the side, minor pin dents to the interior of the box which do not detract from the overall appearance, otherwise with light surface scratches to the exposed gold elements indicative of age and use.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2016
    18th Tuesday
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