A GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE SNUFFBOX, KIEBEL, SAINT PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1820
circular, the hinged lid decorated with gold cagework scene of Leda and the Swan, the body furhter decorated with putti and scrolls, struck on the flange with maker's mark
diameter: 6.3cm, 2 1/2in.
In good condition overall. The mounts and stone surfaces with minor surface wear, consistent with age. The top of the box with two small chips, approximalety 1-2 mm wide, at 1 o'clock. The bottom with two minor surface hairline cracks or natural stone fissures
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The firm of Keibel was the most important workshop producing gold boxes in Russia in the first half of the 19th century. Johann Wilhelm Keibel was the son and apprentice of the famous goldsmith Otto Samuel Keibel. After his father's death in 1809, he adopted the same mark and became master in 1812. In 1828, he reworked the Imperial Russian Crown for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas I. The firm of Keibel was also responsible for producing many of the most important Imperial orders for the court.