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785
A jewelled three-colour gold and enamel presentation snuff box, Charles Collins & Söhne, Hanau, circa 1860
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 GBP
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785
A jewelled three-colour gold and enamel presentation snuff box, Charles Collins & Söhne, Hanau, circa 1860
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 GBP
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A jewelled three-colour gold and enamel presentation snuff box, Charles Collins & Söhne, Hanau, circa 1860
rectangular with rounded corners, the lid inset with a blue enamel plaque with the rose diamond-set cypher of Frederick VII, King of Denmark, framed by silver-mounted rose diamonds surrounded by chased c-scrolls and floral foliage on a sablé ground, the sides and base with rose gold engine-turned panels within yellow gold chased scrolls, further framed by a leaf and bead border, maker's mark, rubbed CK mark
9cm., 3 1/2 in. wide
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Catalogue Note

‘The people’s love, my strength’ – this was the motto of Frederick VII of Denmark, which particularly referred to his appearance as ‘the national leader’ and a war hero during the First War of Schleswig against Germany between 1848 and 1851. Born in Amalienborg Palace to Christian VIII of Denmark and Duchess Charlotte Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, his infancy and youth were marked by various scandals, making him the enfant terrible of the Danish Royal family. He was, however, the ruler who abolished absolutism and established the Danish Constitution in 1849, just one year after his succession to the throne. After two failed marriages, the first to his second cousin Princess Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark, which was ended in 1837, and the second to Duchess Caroline Charlotte Mariane of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whom he also divorced in 1846, he morganatically married the former ballet dancer Louisa Christina Rasmussen, which caused disdain among the nobility. Since he did not have a direct heir, the King’s sudden death in Glücksburg Castle in 1863 signified the extinction of the older Royal branch of the House of Oldenburg. His uncle Prince Christian of Glücksburg and 8th cousin of his father Christian VIII had been chosen as the heir-presumptive in 1852 and succeeded Frederick VII in 1863, changing the reigning lineage to the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, which provides the monarchs of Denmark and Norway to this day.

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