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A circular two-colour gold and enamel snuff box, Auguste-Gaspard Turmine, Paris, 1784. Estimation 7,00010,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s

the lid with a central glass cameo carved with a satyr’s mask within coloured enamel foliage in chased ropework framed by rose diamonds, the  deep yellow translucent enamel ground with applied corded rims chased in two-coloured gold, maker’s mark, charge and décharge of Henri Clavel, Paris date letter – 7.4cm., 2 7/8 in diameter

PROVENANCE: Christie’s London, 30 June 1982, Rothschild Collection, lot 22

Notes: Auguste-Gaspard Turmine became master in Paris on 26 August 1778 sponsored by François Georges. By 1781, he had moved from the rue St-Martin to the rue Bourg-l’Abbé where he remained until his death in 1786. In his death announcement in the Journal de Paris, he was described as marchand orfèvre, bijoutier et tablettier. (Paris 11.2012)

Sotheby’s. Of Royal and Noble Descent Londres, 24 févr. 2015, 10:30 AM