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)
- This lot is marked with the Y symbol.