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37

A gold-mounted black jasper snuff box in the shape of a turtle, probably German, 19th century

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

36

37

A gold-mounted black jasper snuff box in the shape of a turtle, probably German, 19th century

A gold-mounted black jasper snuff box in the shape of a turtle, probably German, 19th century

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

A gold-mounted black jasper snuff box in the shape of a turtle, probably German, 19th century


the eyes set with diamond eyes, a further diamond to the front centre of the shell, wavy gold mounts, small thumbpiece chased with floral foliage, unmarked

9cm., 3 1/2 in. wide

Very good condition;

a few natural flaws in the stone, one has developped into a very fine hairline crack, only visible from the inside when the box is opened


"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."

Please note the estimates for this lot are £20,000-30,000 and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
Baron Alexis de Redé and Baron Guy de Rothschild Collections, sale, Meubles et Objets d’Art provenant de l’Hôtel Lambert et du Château de Ferrières, Sotheby’s Monaco, 25/6 May 1975, lot 15
The size of this turtle, as well as the dark colour of its cleverly carved patterned shell with a less glossy surface as one would expect from black obsidian, creates the impression of a real turtle. In the late 17th century, London silversmiths in particular, mounted complete turtle shells as snuff boxes and added small silver feet, an engraved head, as well as oval mounts and a hinge at either the front or the back (rather than to the side, which is the case for the boar-shaped box, lot 36 in this sale). For a charming silver-mounted turtle shell snuff box, London, circa 1680, see Sotheby's London, 1 November 2018, lot 606.