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A jewelled gold and hardstone snuff box, probably Berlin, possibly for the Russian Market, circa 1770

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Estimate:

180,000

to
- 250,000 GBP

A jewelled gold and hardstone snuff box, probably Berlin, possibly for the Russian Market, circa 1770

A jewelled gold and hardstone snuff box, probably Berlin, possibly for the Russian Market, circa 1770

Estimate:

180,000

to
- 250,000 GBP

Lot sold:

201,600

GBP

A jewelled gold and hardstone snuff box, probably Berlin, possibly for the Russian Market, circa 1770


rectangular, mounted en cage, the bloodstone lid and side panels carved with diamond-set rococo scrollwork enhanced by rubies, the lid centred with an exuberant firework display of variously-shaped diamonds above an oriental architectural capriccio, the protruding thumbpiece richly chased and set with further rose diamonds, each corner applied with a diamond-set miniature doric column, stepped base, unmarked, in fishskin case, 

7.4 cm., 3 in. wide


A wonderful box in very good condition; overall weight 158.6 grams


"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."

Anonymous vendor, Sotheby's Geneva, 14 November 1984, lot 372