A Swiss Enamelled Gold Snuff-box

A Swiss Enamelled Gold Snuff-box

3 1/8 in. (78 mm.) wide
Geneva, C.1780

Makers mark B.G., struck with marks resembling the charge mark of Julien Alaterre and the decharge mark of Jean-Baptiste Fouache, Paris 1768-1774, and crowned letter K for 1773.


Oval box, the cover, sides and base enamelled in translucent steel-blue on an engine-turned reeded ground scattered with pellets, within chased and enamelled borders of slightly raised intertwined foliage, berries and pearl garlands, the sides panels interspaced with sablé pilasters of stylised enamelled foliage, the cover set with an enamel plaque depicting Alexander the Great and his physician Philip.

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