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A mother of pearl snuff box with two-colour gold mounts

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Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 GBP

A mother of pearl snuff box with two-colour gold mounts

A mother of pearl snuff box with two-colour gold mounts

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 GBP

Lot sold:

44,100

GBP

A mother of pearl snuff box with two-colour gold mounts


rectangular, in 18th century taste, the cagework mounts chased with acanthus and enclosing a central rosette, gold lining, French prestige marks including those for Jean-Marie Tiron, charge and discharge marks of Julien Alaterre and date letter for 1768/9, the left rim numbered 77

7.4 cm., 2 7/8 in. wide

In very good condition;

some very light surface wear as to be expected; overall weight 231.1 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."

This piece is closely related to an example formerly in the Waddesdon Collection, purchased by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1897. The box, with the maker's mark of Jean-Marie Tiron, Paris, 1765/6, is also of mother of pearl within gold cagework mounts, but is set with portraits of young girls, said to be 'Mesdames de France' (Grandjean/Piacenti/Truman/Blunt, The James A. Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Gold Boxes and Miniatures of the Eighteenth Century, Fribourg, 1975, no. 87).