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A Chinese agate and French silver and silver-gilt mounted snuff bottle / lighter, the silver mounts stamped with French marks and distorted maker’s mark, collar also engraved MAQUET, late 19th / early 20th century. Estimate £800 – 1,200 (€1,300 – 1,900). Photo Bonhams.

The pull-off mounted cover carved with foliate branch, the silver mount chased with alternating panels depicting flowerheads, birds and insects, the agate body carved with foliage, fitted into an oval base with leaves, embellished border below with foliage and similarly decorated panels to the cover, with exotic birds, fish and insects, underside centred with a metal vesta striker, flanked with engraved decoration, height 10cm.

Bonhams. GENTLEMAN’S LIBRARY SALE. 27 Jan 2015 11:00 GMT – LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

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