A parcel-gilt silver, lacquer and enamel snuff box, France, mid 19th century and a 'vernis Martin' bonbonniere, circa 1750-60
the first oval, in 18th century taste, the lid applied with an earlier oval enamel plaque depicting a mother attempting to read to two recalcitrant infants, probably Geneva, circa 1795, in gold and pearl frame, the ground, sides and base striped in green lacquer, the interior gilt, maker's mark illegible, boar's head post-1838 control, the front rim further struck apparently with a capital C or G below a star, 7.2cm., 2 7/8 in. wide; the other circular, the lid painted with a pastoral subject in the manner of François Boucher, the sides with swagged garlands of flowers, the base with a bouquet of summer flowers, on a foiled ground impressed with wavy concentric rings, 8.2 cm., 3 1/4. in. diam.
Princess Mathilde (1820-1904);
Prince Napoléon Louis Joseph (1864-1932), sole legatee of Princesse Mathilde;
Prince Louis Napoléon (1914-1997)