A 19th century Swiss « Oriental » market gold and enamelled snuff box, with later French marks. Estimate £4,000 – 6,000 (€5,100 – 7,600). Photo Bonhams.
Rectangular, the cover finely decorated in painted champlevé and basse-taille enamel with a Chinoiserie scene of a potentate being carried in sedan chair under an umbrella on a grassy ground with pagodas in the landscape background within an engraved rocaille border heightened in blue and red enamel, the convex sides and underside profusely decorated in the similar with enamelled butterflies, birds and flowers including roses, convolvulus, carnations, passion flowers and forget-me-nots, length 6cm, weight 43.5gms.
Bonhams. FINE SILVER AND GOLD BOXES, 12 Nov 2014 11:00 GMT – LONDON, NEW BOND STREET