A gold-mounted and jewelled aventurine snuff box set with a portrait miniaturecirca 1820, the miniature attributed to Henri Benner (French 1776-after 1833)
Lot 87Y
A gold-mounted and jewelled aventurine snuff box set with a portrait miniaturecirca 1820, the miniature attributed to Henri Benner (French 1776-after 1833)
£8,000 - 10,000
US$ 12,000 - 16,000

Lot Details
A gold-mounted and jewelled aventurine snuff box set with a portrait miniaturecirca 1820, the miniature attributed to Henri Benner (French 1776-after 1833)
A gold-mounted and jewelled aventurine snuff box set with a portrait miniature
circa 1820, the miniature attributed to Henri Benner (French 1776-after 1833)
shaped oval, the cover centred by an oval portrait miniature depicting Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich in uniform with red facings and gold epaulettes, decorated with the Imperial Order of Saint Andrew within a gold mounted diamond-set bezel further enriched with quatre-couleur floral motifs, the narrow gold mounts of the box engraved with stylised acanthus
width: 7.6cm (2 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Christie's Geneva, 15 November 1994,lot 33. Sold with original Morocco case with gilt-stamped border [now lacking]

    Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich (1798-1849), tenth child of Tsar Paul I of Russia and his wife Maria Feodorovna. The brother of Nicholas I and married to Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, née Duchess Frederika Charlotte Maria of Wurttemberg in 1824.
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