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A three-colour gold and hardstone snuff box, Paris, 1756

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Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

A three-colour gold and hardstone snuff box, Paris, 1756

A three-colour gold and hardstone snuff box, Paris, 1756

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:

10,080

GBP

 A three-colour gold and hardstone snuff box, Paris, 1756


of octagonal form with double lid, centred with a large panel of agate with mossy inclusions within a wide border chased in coloured golds with flowers and scrolls, gold foot rim, marks on lining somewhat rubbed but traces of charge mark of Eloi Brichard and date letter, the rim with discharge mark of Eloi Brichard, in leather case

6.2 cm., 2 1/2 in. wide

2

very good conition, the gold would benefit from light professional cleaning, overall weight 136.5 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."

Princess Catherine Dashkov (1742-1810), confidante and friend of Catherine II;
given by her with other mementos to her companion, Martha Wilmot, during her exile at Troitske between 1804 and 1810;
Miss Wilmot married Mr Bradford, chaplain to the British Ambassador in Vienna, and together with their daughter Catherine, compiled a descriptive catalogue with her mother, of the collection with water-colour illustrations, known in the family as 'the Green Book', around 1859;
the collection and album were inherited by General William Bradford who gave it to the parents of a 'Lady of Title' who sold them at Christie's, Geneva on 8 May 1979. The present box was included as lot 49 and Catherine Bradford's drawing was also illustrated in the catalogue. Her mother's description read: 'Arborized Agate or Mocha stone - A most beautiful box. The centre of the lid rises when a certain spring is touched, showing a miniature picture. The portrait has been removed'.