Octagonal Empire Period Enamel Gold Box
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Octagonal Empire Period Enamel Gold Box

Octagonal Empire Period Enamel Gold Box

  • This enchanting French snuffbox is crafted of 18K rose, yellow and white gold
  • The stunning objet d'art features beautiful champlevé enameling of exceptional quality
  • Elegant gold boxes such as this were often given as gifts about the social elite
  • This small treasure is a masterful example of the luxury arts of the Empire period
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Item No. 29-9074
$18,500
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This enchanting French gold snuff box is crafted of 18K rose, yellow and white gold with absolutely incredible attention to detail. Adorned with an intricate engraved Empire-period design, this stunning objet d'art features beautiful champlevé enameling of exceptional quality. Snuff boxes, also known as “tabatiéres”, have become some of the most desirable collectibles in recent years. The taking of snuff was a highly regarded social ritual among the European elite. Snuff box manufacturers were regarded as artists, creating and designing these elegant little boxes using fine metals, gems and other luxurious materials. They were among a gentleman's most expensive and elegant personal effects, and soon became collector's items. Wealthy and fashionable men would have a fair number of them and often offered them as gifts.

The box is fully marked, including a maker's mark of "F&O" and a standard mark indicating the box is crafted of 18K gold.

Circa 1810

3 9/16" wide x 2 7/16” deep x 9/16” high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:France
Type:Snuff/Tobacco Boxes
Material:Gold
Depth:2.4375 Inches
Width:3.5625 Inches
Height:0.5625 Inches
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Enamel

Enamel is not paint It is actually a thin coat of glass applied to a metal which melts and becomes fused to the metal when heated Careful consideration to melting point must be made when pairing enamels to metals which...
Enamel is not paint It is actually a thin coat of glass applied to a metal which melts and becomes fused to the metal when heated Careful consideration to melting point must be made when pairing enamels to metals which...
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