A FOUR-COLOUR GOLD SNUFF BOX, PROBABLY HANAU, CIRCA 1765,
rectangular, the lid chased with two turtledoves on Cupid's quiver on a sablé ground, the sides and base chased with symbols of harvest within fine sun-ray engine turning, French prestige marks, French hibou control mark; a gold-mounted hardstone snuff box, German, circa 1750, rectangular, the mounts engraved with interlaced garlands, the amethyst panels later, later French import marks only; and a silver-mounted burgauté lacquer snuff box, Paris, circa 1755, rectangular, the burgau and mother of pearl inlays forming flower bouquets, silver thumbpiece, the silver-gilt rim with discharge mark of Julien Berthe, 1750-56
5,8cm, 2¼in., 5.9cm., 2⅜in.; 6cm.., 2⅜in. wide
Overall good condition, commensurate with age; the amethyst box with a few surface scratches and two small chips to the hardstone; the lacquer box with surface scratches and a few losses to mother of pearl and lacquer on the base
"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."