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A RARE THREE COMPARTMENT GOLD ENAMEL AND PEARL AUTOMATON SNUFF BOX WITH TIMEPIECE MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET AUTOMATON AND TIMEPIECE PROBABLY BY PIGUET & CAPT GENEVA, THE ENAMEL SCENE LIKELY BY RICHTER CIRCA 1810
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125,000175,000
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A RARE THREE COMPARTMENT GOLD ENAMEL AND PEARL AUTOMATON SNUFF BOX WITH TIMEPIECE MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET AUTOMATON AND TIMEPIECE PROBABLY BY PIGUET & CAPT GENEVA, THE ENAMEL SCENE LIKELY BY RICHTER CIRCA 1810
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125,000175,000
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Thread the Needle
A RARE THREE COMPARTMENT GOLD ENAMEL AND PEARL AUTOMATON SNUFF BOX WITH TIMEPIECE MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET AUTOMATON AND TIMEPIECE PROBABLY BY PIGUET & CAPT GENEVA, THE ENAMEL SCENE LIKELY BY RICHTER CIRCA 1810
• rectangular box, the right compartment fitted with the timepiece with white enamel dial for hours and minutes, Arabic numerals, with matching seconds dial above, against enamel ground in tones of blue and white further engraved with gold floral decoration • the left fitted with a vari-color gold automaton scene showing two builders, one hammers at a façade whilst another below works at his bench, rotating windmill above against a polychrome enamel landscape, the automata activated when lid is lifted • the left and right panels decorated en camaïeu with female allegorical figures of Justice holding a scale and Truth holding a sun • the central cover finely painted with a lakescape inhabited by a group of children and on the opposite bank a mill scene, the band and base decorated ensuite with translucent midnight blue enamel against engine-turned checkerboard design
length 82 mm
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Catalogue Note

Preserved in excellent condition with extremely light and sympathetic restoration, the present lot is a mirror image to the automaton snuff box sold by Sotheby's New York, June 8, 2016, lot 91. The box shares the same thin dimensions and is a testament to the craftsmanship of the Geneva Fabrique of the mid to late 18th century. Piguet & Capt were pioneers in the creation of snuff boxes combined with music, automaton and watches, and were active from 1802 to 1811. 

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