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A gold and tortoiseshell snuff box, probably English or German, circa 1725-30

A gold and tortoiseshell snuff box, probably English or German, circa 1725-30

A gold and tortoiseshell snuff box, probably English or German, circa 1725-30

 A gold and tortoiseshell snuff box, probably English or German, circa 1725-30


of slender rectangular form, both lid and base inlaid with blond and dark tortoiseshell within gold cagework chased inside and out with small figures, animals and birds on a sablé ground, within husk and strapwork borders, raised thumbpiece, in modern shagreen case,

8.1 cm., 3 1/4 in. wide


In good condition, bar two minute hairline cracks to dark tortoiseshell, invisible to the naked eye; some very minor restoration to two corners of the blonde tortoiseshell borders on the base; the lid does not shut 100 percent


"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.


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This lot contains endangered species. Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot to the US. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
Collection of John Kemeys-Tynte, 9th Baron Wharton (1908-1969)

John Halswell Kemeys-Tynte, 9th Baron Wharton, who was born on 12 January 1908, inherited the title upon the death of his father in 1934. He served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves throughout the Second World War and in 1967 he married Joanna, daughter of Walter Henry Law-Smith. He died without issue on 11 July 1969 when the title devolved to his sister, Dorothy (1907-1974).

A. Kenneth Snowman, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe, Woodbridge, 1990, pls. 534 and 535;

Hugh Tait, 'An anonymous loan to the British Museum: Eighteenth century gold boxes', Connoisseur, no. 154, December 1963, p. 219

Clare Le Corbeiller, European and American snuff boxes, 1730-1830, London, 1966, cat no. 244