A SWISS ENAMELED GOLD BUTTERFLY-FORM VINAIGRETTE, MAKER'S MARK S & D, CIRCA 1820
in the shape of a butterfly, the cover painted accordingly, the sides and base with translucent orange enamel within ribbon borders of champlevé black and white enamel, opening to reveal a centrally hinged pair of butterfly wing-form covers; suspended from an enameled gold chain with finger ring of slightly later date
marked S&D incuse inside base and cover, the rim with chicken’s head control mark
length 1⅝ in.
Some restoration to side enamel.
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A circular gold box with this maker's mark is in the Louvre. See Serge Grandjean, Les Tabatières du Musée du Louvre, no. 611, p. 376.