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A jewelled three-colour gold and enamel snuff box, possibly German, second half of the 19th century
oval, in the 18th century French taste of Charles Le Bastier or Jean-Joseph Barrière, enamelled in royal blue over rayed engine-turning within borders of opaque white enamel applied with coloured gold flower garlands and acanthus, relieved on the lid by four rose diamond-set love trophies of crossed quivers and arrows above sprig-adorned pilasters, the lid further applied with a matching oval translucent blue enamel plaque framed by a band of old European cut diamonds and applied in rose diamonds with the gothic initial A below an Imperial crown, apparently unmarked, struck with post-1893 French control marks, the inner rim with modern inventory number in red: 9187
6.5 cm., 2 1/2in. wide
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The cipher on the lid of this box is similar to that used by Emperor Alexander I of Russia (reigned 1801-1825) but the box postdates his demise; the cipher of Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein who married the future Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany, after his ascension to the throne in 1888, was usually the initials 'AV' below an Imperial crown. The diminutive size of this charming box, as well as the tokens of love, would suggest that it was intended for a woman.

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