A very rare Karelian birch and tortoiseshell musical snuffbox, circa 1815, for the Russian market,
Lot 38*Y
A very rare Karelian birch and tortoiseshell musical snuffbox, circa 1815, for the Russian market,
Sold for £5,500 (US$ 8,590) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very rare Karelian birch and tortoiseshell musical snuffbox,
circa 1815, for the Russian market,
Ser. No. 261,
the fine sur-plateau movement playing two airs, with twenty single-tooth arc on one side, twenty-one on the other, polished brass plates and female winding spindle, in part carved lornette-ray form case in figured Karelian, ridged profile with domed lid opening to reveal underbelly-cut tortoiseshell veneers, end caps and underside in darker tortoiseshell, start/stop to back-centre, with period male key - 3.3/4in. (9.5cm) wide, the sur-plateau disc diameter 1.3/8in. (3.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Condition: E IV 4(i)

    Reference:
    See lot 57 in Fine Mechanical Music and Scientific Instruments, 9th November 2011, Bonhams, for cylinder movement version in similar case.



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