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An 18 ct gold musical snuff box, the movement Geneva, the box probably Hanau, circa 1820
rectangular with cut corners, the lid chased with musical trophies within floral scrollwork and a gryphon's head to each corner over sablé ground, framed by an engine-turned border and spandrels with stylised fleur de lys on sablé ground, the base with engine turned diaper pattern within alternating wavy and plain borders, containing a double sur plateau musical movement consisting of a rectangular gilt-metal plate, revolving plate with 17 teeth in fan shape to either side, playing one polyphone tune, maker's mark a star above 'S C' in a horizontal lozenge, 'CR' in an oval control mark, further struck '18' for 18 ct gold, with a later key
數量: 2
7.1cm., 2 1/2 in. wide
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Assoicated literature: Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume, Musical Box. A history and collector's guide, London, 1980

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Many advances in the creation of very small and very thin movements for refined watches, musical boxes and automata are credited to Piguet & Meylan, as well as the invention of the sur-plateau movement, such as the one in the base of the gold snuff box in the present lot. Isaac-Daniel Piguet (1775-1841) was born in Le Chenit (Vaud) and is said to have moved to Geneva before 1800, where he was at first working for Jean-Frederic Leschot before entering into partnership with his brother-in-law, the mécanicien Henri Capt, on 10th February 1802. He appears on his own as horloger mécanicien à la Madelaine in 1809 but entered a new partnership with Philippe-Samuel Meylan (1772-1845) in 1811. The two worked together as 'Marchands & Fournisseurs d'Horlogerie & Bijouterie' with a workshop at Chevelu, Maison Bellot (later renamed 45 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau), until the ultimate dissolution of the partnership in February 1828.

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