A GOLD ENAMEL AND SNUFF BOX, PROBABLY GERMAN, LATE 18TH CENTURY
later painted en plein, the lid with a stag hunt, the base with an oriental hawking scene, the sides with enthusiastic green-eared hunting dogs, within multi-coloured enamel leaf and flower borders, interior of the lid with incuse maker’s mark D.S., crowned above a leaf, French post-1893 hibou import marks
8.3cm., 3¼in. wide
Extensive restoration to the enamel, discoloration to the varnish used for some older restoration, additional small loss to enamel on the back panel below the hinge, some restored surface with minute hairline cracks
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