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CONTINENTAL SILVER-MOUNTED ENAMEL ON COPPER SNUFF BOX

In the Manner of Julien Berthe, probably mid-18th century

 

 

 

 

The elongated oval slightly convex silver-mounted tapering box with hinged reeded lid and shaped thumb lift,

decorated with raised gilding, translucent green and blue enamels on a finely speckled blue and pink ground,

the lid depicting the god Poseidon and semi-draped consorts riding dolphins between arabesques,

the body with further arabesques and strapwork*; enamel interior with gilt rim,

the rim marked as shown below; the exterior body rim with 2 (possibly 3) further small indescribable marks

 

*Identical arabesques painted in this same unique fashion were found on a white lemon-form enameled bonbonniere with

charge and discharge marks for Julien Berthe, Berlin, Formery Workshop, or Paris, 1750. 

(See illustration below).

 This unusual & distinctive style of decoration was found on a number of Berthe enamel boxes. 

It is suggested that these boxes, although made in Berlin at the Formery workshop,

carry French hallmarks since being mounted in Paris.

   

Condition : Overall very good, with a tiny area or repair to the ground on the base;

scattered small losses to enameled decoration,

much more visible in these oversized images than when handling the box;

hinge in excellent condition

 
3 3/8” Long x 1 5/8” High

 

SOLD

 

  #6283

 

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Lid Mark

Mark Body Mount Left Rear

2 Marks Body Mounts Right Rear

 

 

 

 

(Sold Sotheby's Summer Sale, Olympia, July 2007; 2.75" High)

 

 

 

 


 

Also See :

 

 

South Staffordshire Enamel on Gilt Metal Egg-Form Box

England, c1765-70

 

Good South Staffordshire Enamel on Copper Bonbonniere

England, c1765

South Staffordshire Enamel on Copper Walnut-Form Bonbonniere

England, c1765

South Staffordshire Enamel on Copper Bonbonniere

England, c1765

 

 

 

 

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Continental Silver-Mounted Enamel on Copper Snuff Box, in the Manner of Julien Berthe, probably mid-18th century French