Posts

testlot

Frederick The Great Battle Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £1,650.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
A German Enamel Frederick The Great Battle snuff box depicting the Prussian War
Dimensions:
Height:
Width: 8cm
Length: 5cm
Circa: 1760
Condition: fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 1: Frederick The Great Battle Box – Buy Now – £1,650.00

Frederick The Great Battle Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £1,650.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
A German Enamel Frederick The Great Battle snuff box depicting the Prussian War
Dimensions:
Height:
Width: 8cm
Length: 5cm
Circa: 1760
Condition: fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 2: Berlin Silver Mounted Enamel Snuff Box – Buy Now – £880.00

Berlin Silver Mounted Enamel Snuff Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £880.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
An 18th Century Berlin Enamel snuff box, decorated to all sides in the chinoiserie taste with vignettes of figures, birds and flora, finished with gilt scrolls and blue dots on an ivory ground, the silver mounts bearing rubbed marks, Fromery.
Dimensions:
Height: 4cm
Width: 6cm
Length: 8.3cm
Circa: 1720
Condition: fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 13: A Russian Parcel Gilt-Silver and Niello Snuff Box – Buy Now – £1,320.00

A Russian Parcel Gilt-Silver and Niello Snuff Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £1,320.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
A Russian Parcel Gilt-Silver and Niello Snuff Box Moscow 1819 Oblong lightly curved with a depiction of Peter The Great in St Petersburg The underneath with military Trophies .Condition: Fine.
Dimensions:
Height: 5cm
Width: 9.4cm
Length:
Circa: 1819
Condition:

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 15: Russian Gold and Enamel Snuff Box Pierre Theremin – Buy Now – £16,500.00

Russian Gold and Enamel Snuff Box Pierre Theremin
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £16,500.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
Rectangular with cut corners. The lid painted on plein after William Beechey portrait of Sir Francis Ford children giving a coin to a beggar 1793) within leaf scroll paillon in and taille epergne borders the sides and base of opaque sky blue enamel
Dimensions:
Height:
Width: 8.5cm
Length:
Circa: 1880
Condition: Fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 16: A Fine Gold and Multicoloured Agate Hardstone Box – Buy Now – £16,500.00

A Fine Gold and Multicoloured Agate Hardstone Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £16,500.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
A fine and rare multi-coloured agate and Gold hardstone snuff box With a dedication engraved under the lid, translating as ‘pray for a true friend’. One explanation is that it was left by ‘AM’ to someone as a bequest. prov Abraham Bracebridge of Stanhope Street, Mayfair, eldest son of another Abraham Bracebridge (d. 1789) of Atherstone, Warwickshire. He inherited the bulk of his father’s estate. The younger Abraham Bracebridge (1748-1832) suffered business reverses which led to him selling off some of his estate in 1817.
Dimensions:
Height: 2.6cm
Width: 10.8cm
Length: 5.2cm
Circa: 1760
Condition: fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 28: An Important Bilston Pillement Snuff Box – SOLD – £3,300.00

An Important Bilston Pillement Snuff Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £3,300.00

SOLD

Description:
The lid and sides painted with designs from the prolific French artist Jean Pillement (1790-1808) rectangular in shape a large proportion imaginative and based very much on the orient. There are 39 engraved plates in the Ladies Amusement, inspired by the Chinese
Dimensions:
Height: 4cm
Width: 7.5cm
Length: 6cm
Circa:
Condition: good

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 42: Rare Bilston Repousse Snuff Box – SOLD – £1,100.00

Rare Bilston Repousse Snuff Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £1,100.00
SOLD

Description:
An Extremely Rare Bilston Repoussé snuff box. The grey ground with sprays of roses and flowers leading up to a framed painting with cat peeking over the Nautical scene. The reverse a stormy seascape
Dimensions:
Height: 3.5cm
Width: 6cm
Length: 5cm
Circa: 1760
Condition:

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 74: Micro Mosaic Snuff Box – Buy Now – £8,800.00

Micro Mosaic Snuff Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £8,800.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
This beautiful micro mosaic shows two adult greyhounds and their litter, The mother is suckling her young. Set in the lid of a French gold mounted abalone and lacquer snuff box lined in red tortoiseshell circa 1800 for a similar box with a family of greyhounds see Roberto Grieco “Roman micro mosaics” page number 79. Plate 198. Fine slight wear on base Provenance: Private collection London
Dimensions:
Height: 2.75cm
Width: 8cm
Length:
Circa:
Condition: Fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 76: Diamond Set Micro Mosaic and Gold Snuff Box – Buy Now – £5,500.00

Diamond Set Micro Mosaic and Gold Snuff Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £5,500.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
The mosaic of a basket of flowers surrounded by a diamond set mount on the top of a Swiss two colour gold box. The sides in pink and yellow gold, the base with two colour gold flowers Marks rubbed high Ct Gold over 20.
Dimensions:
Height:
Width: 6cm
Length:
Circa: 1810
Condition: Fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Pages

Home

Snuff boxes

Snuff boxes

The consumption of snuff or powdered tobacco rapidly increased in the Seventeenth Century and by the beginning of the Eighteenth Century it was acceptable for even ladies to inhale and became the approved tobacco product favoured by nobility.

By the late Seventeenth Century, ornate boxes were being produced to keep the snuff dry. As the trend for snuff flourished throughout Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Europe, so too did the elaborate enamel decorations of the snuff box.

Snuff boxes became major (often bespoke) essential, personal possessions made in a variety of materials, from gold and silver to tortoiseshell or horn. Small boxes were made for the pocket and larger, communal boxes were made for table use. Shapes were not only limited to simple rectangles. Porcelain containers resembling trunks were common, as were ovals. Some were even designed in the shape of shells.

Intricate enamel decorations adorned the most precious and desirable snuff boxes, depicting everything from miniature landscapes and bucolic scenes, to tiny portraits or grisaille cameos of their owners. Some of the most distinguished snuff boxes were the French tabatières, which were made from gold and set with diamond, amethysts and sapphires.

The Antique Enamel Company stocks a huge variety of snuff boxes that were manufactured all over Europe and Russia and range from the elaborate bejewelled pieces from the noblest echelons of society to the more affordable, but nonetheless beautiful and important boxes created for the more modest snuff taker.

Musical & bird boxes

Musical & bird boxes

The singing bird box or ‘boîte á oiseau chanteur’ originated in Geneva in the late Eighteenth Century, with its first design attributed to Pierre Jaquet-Droz. They were usually rectangular shaped boxes containing a miniature automaton singing bird concealed beneath an oval lid and activated by a lever. The French also used the more general term of ‘tabatière’.

The outer casing is a rectangular box that could be made of base metal, precious metal or tortoiseshell with an oval hole edged by a decorative metal bezel. The front of the box usually has a small slider that when pushed to the right, reveals the pop up of a small mechanical feathered bird that begins to turn from side to side, flap its wings and sometimes produces birdsong.

Another famed bird box maker Jean Frédéric Leschot joined forces with Jaquet-Droz to develop technology further, allowing variable pitch in bird song and furthering demand and popularity throughout Europe. By the end of the Eighteenth Century, bird boxes or musical tabatières were also being manufactured in France, Germany and England, all building on both the mechanical advances and the decorative intricacies of their origins.

The Swiss Brugiuer family gained great fame in miniature songbird mechanisms that were contained in richly decorated snuff cases by Genevan enamelists shch as Richter, Dufey and Procchietto. Charles Abraham Brugiuer resided in London in the early Nineteenth Century where demand grew further before the family returned to Geneva to develop and refine their technology even more.

France too became a booming centre of automata production in the second half of the Nineteenth Century, where the Mason Botnems flourished and developed their own mechanical advances.

These musical or singing bird boxes highlight a wondrous marriage between the skill and ingenuity of the watchmaker and the talents of the goldsmith and enameller.

Micro-mosaic boxes

Micro-mosaic boxes

In eighteenth century Europe, boxes played a significant role in the conduct of social affairs produced for the affluent nobility all over France, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Austria and Italy and even as far as Sweden and Denmark.

Small rectangular gold boxes became the century’s most sought after accessories taking form for all sorts of uses.

Micro-mosaic boxes were usually purchased in Rome by travellers on the Grand Tour. These boxes feature an Italian micro-mosaic design set into the cover of a French or English snuff box.