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A jewelled four-colour gold and enamel royal presentation snuff box, German, circa 1830-1840. Estimation 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s.

rectangular, the lid applied with the diamond-set cypher and crown of Friedrich Franz I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1756-1837), on a translucent blue enamel ground, within scrolling foliage and roses in multi-coloured gold on a sablé ground, echoed on the sides and base, alternating with engine-turned panels, the lid with a wide border of diamond-set flowers and gold scrolls picked out in black enamel, unidentified maker’s mark and town mark – 9cm., 3 1/2 in. wide

PROVENANCE: Christie’s Geneva, 30 November 1982, lot 324

Notes: The Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, located in Northern Germany, was created in 1701 and held by the House of Mecklenburg at Schwerin. After the Napoleonic wars, Friedrich Franz I (1756-1837) was raised to the dignity of Grand Duke at the Congress of Vienna (1815).

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