A GOLD AND ENAMEL SNUFF BOX, PROBABLY VIENNA, CIRCA 1770
oval, the slightly domed lid and sides painted with animated tavern and kitchen scenes, in the manner of P. E. Schindler, that on the lid after La lecture de la Bible, by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, the base with a charming domestic vignette of a couple playing with their five pug dogs, chevron-engraved gold mounts, gold lining, apparently unmarked apart from later French control marks
7cm., 2¾in. wide
two small chips, one reglued, at top of right side; upper base mount has been re-attached.
"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."
The 3rd Baron Rothschild, sale, 'Highly Important Gold Boxes - the Property of the Lord Rothschild, G.B.E., G.M., F.R.S.', Christie's London, 30 June 1982, lot 42