Gold and enamel musical snuffbox, with red leather travelling case
Lot 47
A fine and early gold and enamel musical snuffbox, Swiss, the movement by Meylan (post-Nicole), the case most probably by Piguet, circa 1820,
Sold for £9,000 (US$ 15,127) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine and early gold and enamel musical snuffbox,
Swiss, the movement by Meylan (post-Nicole), the case most probably by Piguet, circa 1820,
No. 387,
with the suspended sur-plateau movement playing a single air, 16 single teeth to one side, 15 teeth to the other on plain brass bedplate, quadruple-gear run-down governor, in gold case with highly polished interior, the lid with central hexagonal cartouche of a shield surrounded by laurel-leaf swags and stylised flowerheads bearing cobalt blue highlights, intermediate panel of chased diamond ground, border and lid edge with tooled geometric leaf swags and roundels with further blue highlights on petit-point ground, rounded corners with urn sur le-stande within chevron frame, further diamond ground to front back and side panels, and matching lid panel to underside, winding spindle cover opened by sliding button across, M and S start/stop legend to front centre, with a key, in original dark red leather-clad travelling case - 3.1/4in. (8.2cm) wide

Footnotes

  • Reference:
    Fine Scientific & Mechanical Musical Instruments, Wednesday 19 March 2008, Bonhams Knightsbridge, lot 13 - showing earlier gold and enamel box by the same maker with similar tooled decoration to case and identical travelling case.
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