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A TORTOISESHELL-COVERED NOTEBOOK WITH GOLD AND ENAMEL MOUNTS, UNMARKED, ENGLISH, CIRCA 1835

A TORTOISESHELL-COVERED NOTEBOOK WITH GOLD AND ENAMEL MOUNTS, UNMARKED, ENGLISH, CIRCA 1835

A TORTOISESHELL-COVERED NOTEBOOK WITH GOLD AND ENAMEL MOUNTS, UNMARKED, ENGLISH, CIRCA 1835

A TORTOISESHELL-COVERED NOTEBOOK WITH GOLD AND ENAMEL MOUNTS, UNMARKED, ENGLISH, CIRCA 1835


rectangular, the tortoiseshell covers with embossed and pierced cagework mounts of scrolls and enamelled festoons of flowers, applied on one side with a cartouche flanked by enamelled winged cherubs, the salmon-pink silk lining with similarly bound detachable notebook, with small red pencil

10.7cm., 4½in. high

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Similar enamelled gold work is usually attributed to the workshop of Alexander James Strachan (1774-1850), a London gold box maker of renown who supplied Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and other celebrated retail goldsmiths. A particularly fine gold snuff box decorated in this style with scrolls and brightly-coloured exotic birds, flowers, a butterfly and a squirrel, A.J. Strachan, London, 1835, was sold at Sotheby’s, London on 24 November 1980, lot 36 and again at Christie’s, London on 7 July 2016, lot 227. See also a similar gold and enamel book mount, probably A.J. Strachan, containing an almanac for 1833, see Sotheby’s, London, 1 November 2018, lot 803.