A rare early 19th century Swiss   gold and enamelled snuff box by Guidon, Rémond & Co, Geneva, circa 1805

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A rare early 19th century Swiss gold and enamelled snuff box
by Guidon, Rémond & Co, Geneva, circa 1805

Sold for £ 30,000 (US$ 41,405) inc. premium
by Guidon, Rémond & Co, Geneva, circa 1805
Rectangular with canted corners, the cover decorated with a scene depicting the Russian troops at the Battle of Oczakow (Ochakiv), gunners man the cannon at staked gun emplacements under the watch of the officers whilst supplies of shot and powder are delivered, framed by an inner white enamelled band and an outer polished band, sides decorated with turquoise enamel shaped-rectangular panels with swagged paillon bands within a white border, corners chased with stylised arches, the underside with a turquoise enamel panel with the title "Tranchées des Russes devant Oczakow" in gold lettering and further decorated with paillon festoons and ribbons, framed by an inner white enamelled band, an outer champlevé enamelled floral and foliate band on a dark blue enamelled ground, length 10cm, weight 181gms.

Footnotes

  • The rarity of the present lot is two-fold. Firstly, it is highly unusual for a Swiss or German enamel box of this date to depict an almost contemporary battle scene rather than a classical interpretation and, secondly, to have the title of the scene to appear on the base in the gilt paillons style. There is a Hanau box in the Khalili Collection, dated circa 1795, that has a depiction of a skirmish between Austrian and Turkish forces that is unlabelled (GER495-37) and a box by Rémond Lemy & Cie which has a Napoleonic scene which has the title painted on the cover within the image (SW495-04), see Hadyn Williams ed, The Khalili Collection, Enamels of the World 1700-2000 (London 2009).

    The Russian Empire besieged Ochakiv (Oczakow) in 1737, regarding it as the main obstacle to the possession of the Black Sea littoral. It was captured by Marshal von Münnich, but in the following year was abandoned and, in 1739, restored to Turkey. The siege became famous as the subject one of Baron Münchhausen's tales.

    During the Russo-Turkish War of 1787-92, a second siege by Russia began in 1788 and lasted six months, until the fortress was stormed resulting in a terrible loss of life. This attack became the topic of a famous ode by Gavrila Derzhavin. The Treaty of Jassy of 1792 transferred Özi to the Russian Empire which renamed it into Ochakov.
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A rare early 19th century Swiss   gold and enamelled snuff box by Guidon, Rémond & Co, Geneva, circa 1805
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