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A carved hardstone snuff box with jewelled gold mounts, German, circa 1770

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Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 GBP

A carved hardstone snuff box with jewelled gold mounts, German, circa 1770

A carved hardstone snuff box with jewelled gold mounts, German, circa 1770

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 GBP

Lot sold:

18,900

GBP

A carved hardstone snuff box with jewelled gold mounts, German, circa 1770


in the form of a ram playing a pipe, his eyes, horns and diadem set with small rose diamonds, rubies and an emerald, the lid carved with a tower symbol, the reeded gold lid mount with a small scrolling rose diamond thumbpiece, unmarked

8.4 cm., 3 1/4 in. high


very good condition. natural flaws to the surface of the stone in the area of the mane on the underside and the front right of the lid


"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."

Collections du Baron de Redé et du Baron Guy de Rothschild;
sale, Sotheby's Monaco, 25 May 1975, lot 12;
anonymous vendor, Sotheby's Geneva, 8 May 1978, lot 7
Somerset House Art Treasures Exhibition 1979, no. J1 (not illustrated in catalogue)
For a similar example of brown agate, also carved as a ram playing a pipe, see Kenneth Snowman, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe, London, 1990, plate 624, p. 306.