Rectangular snuff box for the batter of Kundersdorf, 1765, Czarina Elizabeth inside
Lot 146*
An important Birmingham enamel snuff box for the Russian market, circa 1760-65
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,882) inc. premium
Lot Details
An important Birmingham enamel snuff box for the Russian market, circa 1760-65
Of rectangular shape, the lid painted with a scene of the Battle of Kunersdorf, the Russian cavalry chasing the retreating Prussians in clouds of smoke, a ribbon above inscribed in Russian 'Kunersdorf Saltykov Victory', the interior painted with an oval portrait medallion of the Empress Elizabeth Petrovna framed by trophies and war and a ribbon inscribed in Russian 'God save Elizaveta I the Empress of all Russia', the sides of the box painted with military trophies, 8.2cm wide (restored)

Footnotes

  • The box commemorates the Battle of Kunersdorf which took place three years into the Seven Years War on 12 August 1759. The Russian and Austrian allied force led by Count Pyotr Saltykov gained a triumphant victory over the Prussian army under the command of Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz. The Prussians suffered over 25,000 casualties and Frederick the Great himself barely escaped capture, and was wounded by gunfire. A similar English enamel box was sold at Sotheby's on 27th May 2004, lot 39. Another was in the Rous Lench Collection, 7 July 1986, lot 848. An example is illustrated (as Russian) by Anne Odom, Russian Enamels- Kievan Rus to Faberge (1996), p. 90. The portrait of the Empress Elizabeth is based on a print by Georg Friedrich Schmidt after Louis Tocqué
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