A Louis XV vari-coloured gold snuff box by Charles Dallemagne, Paris 1786. Estimate £8,000 – 12,000 (€10,000 – 15,000). Photo Bonhams.
Ovoid form, the hinged cover now set with a carved agate cameo of Sappho within a yellow gold laurel border and rose gold frame flanked by lemon gold laurel sprays on a pelleted and stellar ground within a border of rose and lemon gold scrolls, foliage and flowers, the sides with a similar border above pelleted and stellar panels interrupted by floral basket pilasters, the underside similarly decorated, length 7.5cm, weight all-in 114gms.
Bonhams. FINE SILVER AND GOLD BOXES, 12 Nov 2014 11:00 GMT – LONDON, NEW BOND STREET