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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Royal: A German varicolor gold and diamond presentation snuff box from Ludwig II of Bavaria to Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Sisi), Charles Colins Söhne, Hanau, dated 1881
Estimate
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Royal: A German varicolor gold and diamond presentation snuff box from Ludwig II of Bavaria to Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Sisi), Charles Colins Söhne, Hanau, dated 1881
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Royal: A German varicolor gold and diamond presentation snuff box from Ludwig II of Bavaria to Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Sisi), Charles Colins Söhne, Hanau, dated 1881
of cartouche shape, cover mounted with a miniature of King Ludwig II in a border of rose diamonds and surrounded by six large old mine diamonds within chased foliage on matted ground, sides and base engraved with flowers and strapwork, interior with old German inscription dated 1881
marked inside base with maker's mark, monogram CK, 585 and a small crown in circle
length 3 1/4 in.
8.3 cm
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Catalogue Note

This snuff box was presented by King Ludwig II of Bavaria to his cousin, Empress Elisabeth of Austria.  The two had become close as children, sharing interests in poetry and nature.  This box was a gift from the King on her birthday in 1881.  This was the last time the two were to meet; Ludwig was deposed and died mysteriously in 1886, and the Empress was stabbed by an anarchist in 1898.

The inscription, in Sütterlin (an old German cursive script), translates as:
Worshipped one, honest
loved Sisi
no one on this earth is
more dear to me than you
LUDWIG / 24.December 1881

Important European Silver, Vertu, and Russian Works of Art

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