Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Snuffbox with a miniature "Altar of Love"

    Snuffbox with a miniature "Altar of Love"

    France, Paris


    Charles le Bastier

    Gold; chasing, grisaille, enamel over guilloche

    3.8 х 8.4 х 6.2 cm, 173 gr

    Master's mark: "C.L.B.", city of Paris 1768-1774; "433"; "20b"


    French Louis XVI gold oval enamelled snuffbox with central vertical oval raised plaque en grisaille depicting a Roman soldier and his beloved with a Сupid declaring their love in front of the Altar of Love within a chased gold double leave border on a maroon translucent enamel over striped engine-turning; framed by a wide border with opaque white enamel and a raised running twisted ribbon with a fine bright cut edge, the side with a raised acanthus leave and wide demi rosettes border with identical enamel panels divided by white opaque enamelled corners with raised gold stylised leaves, the bottom with identical decoration.