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Louis XV vari color Gold Snuff Box Swiss 1770

Item ID:4839

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A Louis XV vari-colour rectangular gold snuff box. The box is made of 3 different colors and tones of gold and is covered with coloured flowers against a basket-weave ground within shell and scroll borders, as well as with multiple other flower (floral) motifs and other patterns and engravings, with main gold tone being rose color. The piece is in an absolutely perfect condition with no dings, scratches or repairs of any kind. The scratched maker's initials (lower case letters "m" and "f" followed by two "x.x" letters) could be attributed to Francois Marteau (Marteau Francois) or someone else of that same rank. There is also a scratched inventory number that reads "3198". The box measures 54mm long, 31mm wide and 23mm tall and gross weight is 43.3 grams. The piece is guaranteed 18th century (most likeley circa 1770). The hallmarks and marks appear as a set of three 5-ray stars in a triangular shape along with a 2nd mark in their center resmbling a 5 petal flower. The maker's marks are not really marks, but are scratched marks, i.e. like Russian Faberge scratched inventory numbers, etc. The scratched maker's initials are lower case italic letters "m.f." followed by two small case letters "x.x.". All these scratched marks are applied to one of the inner rims of the box. The box is crafted in the typical 18th century Louis XV style and could be of French make although typical French marks are not present. However, most likely, the box is made in Switzerland like other similar pieces that were crafted by Geneva goldsmiths and jewelers. Absolutely scarce antique gold snuff box and "objets de vertu" collector piece and one of the exceptional examples of the Louis XV style snuff boxes.


$12500.00 / €8928.57




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