Property of a European noble family
A GEM-SET AND ENAMELLED BOX, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1900
designed as a flowerhead, the detachable lid set with spinels, emeralds and diamonds, the underside of the lid and the box decorated with light blue, white and green enamelled foliate motifs, edges set with spinels and diamonds on a green enamel ground
2.3 by 4.6cm.
In good condition, inclusions visible in the gemstones, foil-backed, some tarnishing to surface of metal base, scratches to surface and some resulting discoloration to white enamel on underside of box, as viewed.
"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."
Gifted by Asaf Jah VI Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Siddiqi, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (1866-1911).