Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Snuffbox with the miniature "Altar of Love"

    Snuffbox with the 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 the Roman soldier and his beloved with a Сupid declaring their love in front of the Altar of Love within chased gold double leave border on maroon translucent enamel over striped engine-turning; framed by wide border with opaque white enamel and raised running twisted ribbon with fine bright cut edge, the side with 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.