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A charming gold and enamel combined scent bottle and snuff box, Nathaniel Falchengreen, Copenhagen, 1757

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Estimate:

8,000 - 12,000 GBP

A charming gold and enamel combined scent bottle and snuff box, Nathaniel Falchengreen, Copenhagen, 1757

A charming gold and enamel combined scent bottle and snuff box, Nathaniel Falchengreen, Copenhagen, 1757

Estimate:

8,000 - 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:

8,820

GBP

A charming gold and enamel combined scent bottle and snuff box, Nathaniel Falchengreen, Copenhagen, 1757


in the form of a shepherdess and her excited hound leaning against a tree trunk, her softly falling dress decorated with a pricked pattern, hung about with painted opaque enamel roses and other flowers surrounded by green basse-taille enamel leaves, the base with vine leaves on basketwork, the stopper formed as a wide-brimmed green enamelled straw hat decorated with enamel flowers and gold leaves, maker’s mark, assay master’s mark, town and date mark, 21ct gold standard mark,

6.7cm, 2⅝in. high


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A rare object in very good condition;

the second stopper missing; some very small losses to green enamel


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.

Vilhelm Assarsson collection, no. 102

Little is known about the Danish gold and silversmith Nathaniel Falchengreen, who was born in 1720 and was active in Copenhagen between 1755 and 1771. He died in 1772 (Chr. A Bøje, Danske Guld og Sølv Smedemærker før 1870, Copenhagen, 1946, p. 82). While silver objects made by him occasionally appear in Scandinavian sale rooms, gold boxes or scent bottles marked by Falchengreen seem to be rather rare. In fact, the only other example of this quality seems to be a very similar gold and enamel scent bottle in the Royal Collections at Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen (inv. no 13-202), which a gift from kommerceråd ('commercial counsellor') Heymann in 1867.