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Estimate: £18,000 - £25,000
ca. US$30,428 - US$42,261
Price realised:  £35,000
ca. US$59,166
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A SWISS JEWELLED ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX FOR THE EASTERN MARKET
GENEVA, CIRCA 1830, THE FLANGE STRUCK WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 987 AND WITH THE POST-1819 PARISIAN IMPORT MARK FOR GOLD AND THE PARISIAN GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD 1819-1838
A SWISS JEWELLED ENAMELLED GOLD PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX FOR THE EASTERN MARKET GENEVA, CIRCA 1830, THE FLANGE STRUCK WITH INVENTORY NUMBER 987 AND WITH THE POST-1819 PARISIAN IMPORT MARK FOR GOLD AND THE PARISIAN GUARANTEE MARK FOR GOLD 1819-1838 cartouche-shaped box, the lobed sides and base centred with shaped reserves enamelled with colourful floral displays within vari-colour enamelled taille d'épargne floral borders, the interior of cover centred with a shaped reserve enamelled with a view of the Bosphorous within similar floral border, the cover applied with a shaped red guilloché enamel plaque with diamond-set initials for Mehmet Ali of Egypt (1769-1849) self-declared Khedive of Egypt and Sudan 1805-1848, within paste-studded frame, further applied with scrolling paste-studded foliage on a blue enamel ground, scalloped flange, with original tooled red leather case with handwritten serial numbers which read 987 and 24 86536, with original accompanying presentation letter 3? in. (80 mm.) wide The accompanying presentation letter to Adrien-Louis Cochelet when translated from the original French reads: Dear Mr the counselor, Although his royal highness the vice king already told you, personally, his feelings in these circumstances of your departure to Europe, I have been asked, Mr the counselor, to let you know as the same time, his regrets and his satisfaction for all the franchise and the kindness you have managed with the official and peculiar relationships in this country. His highness asked me to offer you on his behalf this small enameled gold snuff box ornated with diamonds with a cachemire shawl for your sweet and respectable wife. The snuff box is applied with his Highness cypher. These items will be bring to you by the same porter as the one who brought you this message. Sincerely Yours, Mr the counselor

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Centuries of Style, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures, Gold Boxes and Silver
Date of the auction: 3 Jun 2014
Address: Christie's
3 June 2014, London, King Street