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A small gold snuff box, Peter Johan Ljungstedt, Stockholm, 1785,

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Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

A small gold snuff box, Peter Johan Ljungstedt, Stockholm, 1785,

A small gold snuff box, Peter Johan Ljungstedt, Stockholm, 1785,

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

3,024

GBP

A small gold snuff box, Peter Johan Ljungstedt, Stockholm, 1785,


oval, polished gold, the lid centred with an oval panel engraved with trophies of love on a sablé ground, mirrored on the base by a musical trophy centred with a mandolin, the outer borders engraved with stars on a similar ground, the sides with garland borders above small oval medallions with trophies of harvest and gardening, maker's mark, fully hallmarked for 18ct gold, in original tooled red leather case

5.9cm., 2¼in. wide


(2)

overall good condition, some light surface wear;

the lid of the leather case detached


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.

On 7 April 1778, Peter Johan Ljungstedt became a master goldsmith in Stockholm. He is equally renowned for his work in silver, his masterpiece being a coffee pot. Ljungstedt died in 1804.

From the second half of the 18th century, the nature of the masterpieces that had to be submitted by goldsmiths and silversmiths changed, following new rules set out by the goldsmith's guild in Stockhom. While a silversmith had to produce a coffee pot as a master piece, a goldworker a gold (snuff) box, and a jeweller pieces of jewellery set with gemstones (Catherine the Great & Gustav III, Nationalmuseum and State Hermitage Museum, Stockholm and St. Petersburg 1998-99, p. 550).