It is probable that this box, although of a type more commonly supplied to the Ottoman market, was intended for the Chinese market since it was evidently made as one of a pair. It was believed at the time that watches, automata and snuff boxes for the Chinese should be made as pairs, considered to be in harmony (see Arnaud Tellier, The Mirror of Seduction, exhibition catalogue, Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva, 2012). The mirror-image ‘pair’ to the present box is currently in the collections of the MAH, Geneva (inv. No. E0278). Of identical form and decoration, it displays on the lid the same ‘view near Naples’, after Claude-Joseph Vernet, also signed by Richter, but in reverse. For an exploration of the sources of this subject, see Hans Boekh, ‘Jean-Louis Richter, peintre genevois sur émail (1766-1841)’, GENAVA, 31(1983), pp. 108/9.