A GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL SNUFF BOX, RÉMOND, LAMY, MERCIER & CO., GENEVA, CIRCA 1814
of navette form, the lid chased with a crowned Napoleonic eagle with spread wings perched on a laurel branch and emphasised with split pearls, within a narrow blue enamel border, the sides chased with flowery scrollwork and enamelled with urns in taille d’épargne below a scalloped enamel border enclosing tulips, the base chased with a military trophy within a garland-hung laurel wreath on a sablé ground, maker's mark IGRC in a horizontal lozenge only
9.4 cm., 3¾in. wide
Good condition. Some surface wear to base, commensurate with age. Would benefit from light professional cleaning; the hinge a little stiff
"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."
Anonymous vendor, Sotheby’s, 3 July 1980, lot 20;
Anonymous vendor, Christie’s, 2 November 1986, lot 396
Although this box is not struck with the French departmental marks imposed by Napoleon on Geneva in 1806 for use on gold intended for sale within the French empire, it was presumably made in the narrow window of time between the French leaving Geneva in 1813 and Napoleon's definitive defeat at Waterloo in 1815.