A GOLD AND TORTOISESHELL PIQUÉ SNUFF BOX, NAPLES, CIRCA 1750
rectangular, the wavy gold mounts with everted thumbpiece, enclosing panels of dark tortoiseshell decorated in gold piqué posé et point with fantastical scrollwork enclosing grounds differently inlaid with diaper or scale ornament, gold lining, unmarked, in modern black felt fitted case
7.5cm, 3in. wide
Minor piqué losses and slight lifting to scrollwork mainly on lid. A little minor time wear on base, a few surface marks to tortoiseshell on the lid, otherwise very good condition
"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.
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