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A chased gold snuff box, Frantz Bergs, Stockholm, circa 1740

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Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

A chased gold snuff box, Frantz Bergs, Stockholm, circa 1740

A chased gold snuff box, Frantz Bergs, Stockholm, circa 1740

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

A chased gold snuff box, Frantz Bergs, Stockholm, circa 1740


cartouche form, the lid chased in high relief with the seated figure of Athene, accompanied by putti, within rocaille scrollwork, stylised shells and fish scale chasing on a sablé ground, double bow-shaped scale-patterned thumbpiece, the sides and base with flower-strewn volutes around a plain cartouche on a matted ground, graduating wavy lid rim and foot rim, maker’s mark, further struck: 21K for 21ct gold, in modern leather case

6.1cm., 2⅜in. wide


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overall in good condition;

the lid now missing the miniature or liner; very light wear to centre of base, otherwise chasing in crisp condition


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.

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Goldsmith to the Swedish Royal Family since 1742, Frantz Bergs (c. 1697-1778) is well known for his gold boxes with exquisite chasing, often of cartouche shape. He was working in Stockholm between 1725 and 1777, and most of the rare heavily chased or basse-taille enamel gold boxes by him can be found in important private or museum collections, such as the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (see museum numbers NMK 2/1937 and NMK 68/1940) or the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (see museum no. 331-2008)