A gold, enamel and hardstone snuffbox, St Petersburg, circa 1840
cartouche shape, the body of purple amethystine quartz, the cover chased and engraved with gold foliate scrolls on dark blue enamel background, centred with an enamel cameo painted with two women in Greek dress standing next to an urn, struck with partial initials, possibly for Keibel, French guarantee marks, 56 standard
width 7.8cm, 3⅛in.
Overall in very good condition, with only a handful of scratches to the lid. A few shallow chips and cracks to the oval enamel panel.
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