A very fine and rare embellished gilt-bronze oblong octagonal 'European landscape' snuff box and cover
Qianlong, circa 1740-1760
Formed in three tiers and thickly gilt, the cover with a cartouche depicting two sheep grazing on a terrace with distant huts and towers, framed within alternating seed pearl and red paste embellishments, the interior tier displaying a scene of two lovers seated above rockworks in courtship beneath a willow tree and beside a pavilion in various-coloured enamels, the side with an ornate decorative latch with floral patterns intricately inset with seed pearls, ruby-like and emerald-coloured embellishments, above elaborate European-style landscape repoussé panels within billowing textile and geometric borders, decorated with animals amongst European structures at the axis, the base engraved with floral scrolls and sprays.
7.3cm wide; 6.3cm deep; 3.6cm high. (2).