733
733
A gold and enamel snuffbox, Pierre-Michel Colas, Vienna, circa 1770
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 5,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
733
A gold and enamel snuffbox, Pierre-Michel Colas, Vienna, circa 1770
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 5,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A gold and enamel snuffbox, Pierre-Michel Colas, Vienna, circa 1770
oval, hinged at one end, enamelled in translucent purple enamel over engine-turning within white enamel, the borders chased with leaf garlands interlaced with plum enamel ribbon and bow, maker's mark PMC and crowned W town mark
5.6cm., 2 1/4 in high
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Catalogue Note

Pierre-Michel Colas is recorded working in Vienna between 1763 and 1781. He is known to have produced snuff boxes in conjunction with the enamel painter Philipp Ernst Schindler II: a signed example in the Gilbert Collection is ornamented with plaques of classical figures en grisaille on a veined blue marble ground (Charles Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, vol. I, Los Angeles, 1991, no. 136). Two boxes by Colas in the Thurn und Taxis Collection, Regensburg, are decorated respectively in the manner of Pierre François Drais with grisaille miniatures and with a diamond-adorned portrait of Empress Maria Teresia (Lorenz Seelig, Thurn und Taxis Museum, Munich 1998, nos. 78 & 79). 

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