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Swiss Oval Blue Grey Enamel Box

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A flawless enamel painting of a classical waterfront scene adorns the lid

Key Features

  • This exceptional gold snuffbox is a work of proficient Swiss artistry
  • A flawless enamel painting of a classical waterfront scene adorns the lid
  • It features an intricate foliate border with white and green gems
  • This small treasure is a masterful example of the luxury arts of the era
  • Swiss Pseudo-Hallmarks or French Prestige Marks
  • Circa, 1790
  • 3" w x 2 1/4" d x 1 1/4" h

Item Details

  • Width:
    3" Inches
  • Height:
    1 1/4" Inches
  • Depth:
    2 1/4" Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
  • Origin:
    Switzerland
This exceptional gold snuffbox is a work of proficient Swiss artistry. A flawless enamel painting of a classical waterfront scene adorns the lid. The box features an intricate foliate border with white and green gems. In the 18th century snuff box manufacturers were regarded as artists, creating and designing these elegant little boxes using fine metals, gems, and other luxurious materials. This small treasure is a masterful example of the luxury arts that goldsmiths, jewelers, and miniature portrait painters of the era produced. These magnificent status symbols were among a gentleman's most expensive and elegant personal effects, and soon became collector's items. By taking a pinch of snuff from a gold box, wealthy aristocrats could signify their taste, status, and wealth in a single gesture.  Popular throughout the courts, salons, and elite circles of Europe, snuff boxes were often exchanged as gifts.

Circa, 1790

3" w x 2 1/4" d x 1 1/4" h

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