Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Snuffbox with a miniature depicting Vestal virgins

    Snuffbox with a miniature depicting Vestal virgins

    France, Paris


    Auguste-Gaspar Turmine

    Gold; chasing, coloured enamels painting, enamel over guilloche

    2.7 х 8.1 х 6.1 cm, 137 gr

    Master's mark under the crown: "A.T."; tax farmer Jean-Baptiste Fouache, paris city mark1778; two illegible


    Gold oval enamelled snuffbox with vertical oval raised plaque depicting Vestal virgins kindling the sacred flame in front of a statue of the Goddess within a polished border, translucent blue enamelled ground over small diaper engine-turning framed by a wide raised chased rim of laurel leaves and rosettes, the sides and base with identical decorations, side panels decorated with raised chased lyre ornaments.