Lot 3
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AN 18 CT GOLD MUSICAL SNUFF BOX, THE MOVEMENT GENEVA, THE BOX PROBABLY HANAU, CIRCA 1820 | An 18 ct gold musical snuff box, the movement Geneva, the box probably Hanau, circa 1820

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • 7.1cm., 2 1/2 in. wide
rectangular with cut corners, the lid chased with musical trophies within floral scrollwork and a gryphon's head to each corner over sablé ground, framed by an engine-turned border and spandrels with stylised fleur de lys on sablé ground, the base with engine turned diaper pattern within alternating wavy and plain borders, containing a double sur plateau musical movement consisting of a rectangular gilt-metal plate, revolving plate with 17 teeth in fan shape to either side, playing one polyphone tune, maker's mark a star above 'S C' in a horizontal lozenge, 'CR' in an oval control mark, further struck '18' for 18 ct gold, with a later key

Literature

Assoicated literature: Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume, Musical Box. A history and collector's guide, London, 1980

Condition

The box, particularly the chasing, in crisp condition. The front left corner patched on the interior. The movement would benefit from light cleaning and service. Working at the time of cataloguing, Sotheby's does not guarantee for the movement.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Catalogue Note

Many advances in the creation of very small and very thin movements for refined watches, musical boxes and automata are credited to Piguet & Meylan, as well as the invention of the sur-plateau movement, such as the one in the base of the gold snuff box in the present lot. Isaac-Daniel Piguet (1775-1841) was born in Le Chenit (Vaud) and is said to have moved to Geneva before 1800, where he was at first working for Jean-Frederic Leschot before entering into partnership with his brother-in-law, the mécanicien Henri Capt, on 10th February 1802. He appears on his own as horloger mécanicien à la Madelaine in 1809 but entered a new partnership with Philippe-Samuel Meylan (1772-1845) in 1811. The two worked together as 'Marchands & Fournisseurs d'Horlogerie & Bijouterie' with a workshop at Chevelu, Maison Bellot (later renamed 45 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau), until the ultimate dissolution of the partnership in February 1828.