Bonbonniere in the form of a lion, double mounted lids (repainted)
Lot 111*
A magnificent Birmingham or South Staffordshire enamel lion double snuff box and bonbonnière, circa 1760-65
Sold for £4,000 (US$ 6,723) inc. premium
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A magnificent Birmingham or South Staffordshire enamel lion double snuff box and bonbonnière, circa 1760-65
Modelled as a ferocious lion lying down with its front paws flanking its face, its mouth open to reveal its teeth, the flowing mane picked out in dark brown against the lighter brown coat, one hinged lid printed in outline and overpainted with a leopard hunting scene within a scrolled border, the smaller lid similarly decorated with a standing leopard, 11.2cm long (some cracks and restoration)

Footnotes

  • A similar hunting scene to that on the lid of this box, probably after Antonio Tempesta, is illustrated by Bernard Watney and R J Charleston, 'Petitions for Patents', ECC Trans, Vol 6, Pt 2, pl 70(a) and (b). See also lot 102 in this sale for another scene after Tempesta
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