A PEARL-SET GOLD AND ENAMEL SNUFF BOX, HANAU, CIRCA 1795
oval, the lid inset with an oval enamel plaque painted with sprightly lovers within a pearl frame, on a complicated ground of gold and silver pallion trelliswork enclosing oak leaves on translucent blue enamel, opaque white and pale blue enamel borders decorated with further pallions, apparently unmarked
5.1cm., 2 in. diam.
substantial restoration to blue enamel on the lid and sides, a few small losses to enamel, firing flaws in white enamel
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