A TREASURY OF VERTU: Important Gold Boxes from a Private Family Collection

A TREASURY OF VERTU: Important Gold Boxes from a Private Family Collection

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A petite jewelled gold and pietra dura snuff box, Johann Christian Neuber, Dresden, circa 1775

Auction Closed

December 10, 02:29 PM GMT

Estimate

300,000 - 500,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

A petite jewelled gold and pietra dura snuff box, Johann Christian Neuber, Dresden, circa 1775


oval, the lid set with an oval beige glass panel applied with a bouquet of carved and partially foiled hardstone and glass flowers, framed by old mine cut diamonds and a row of inlaid simulated pearls, the gold ground inlaid with interlaced striped red or green-grey Schlottwitz agates in a woven basketwork pattern, the outer border of inlaid turquoise, chalcedony and bloodstone or nephrite forget-me-nots and interlaced carnelian ribbon, the sides and base similarly inlaid around an engraved band, the silver-mounted leafy thumbpiece set with diamonds, unmarked

6.9cm., 2 3/4 in. wide


The property of a Scottish Nobleman, Sotheby's Geneva, 27 May 1984, lot 304
Alexis Kugel, Gold Jasper and Carnelian, Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court, London, 2012, no. 74, p. 346