Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Snuffbox with the Altar of Love miniature

    Snuffbox with the Altar of Love miniature

    France, Paris


    Charles le Bastier

    Gold; embossing, chasing, grisaille, enamel over guilloche

    3.8 x 8.4 x 6.2 cm

    Marks: maker's mark C.L.B.; mark of Paris 1768-1774; number "433", "20b"


    Gold oval snuffbox with a hinged lid. Vertical oval miniature  in the grisaille technique is on the lid, The image of a Roman soldier with beloved in front of the Altar of Love and Cupid blessing them, is framed by gold embossed frame with foliate patterns.  White enamel border  with gold ornament in the form of twisted ribbon is on maroon translucent enamel  over  guilloche with vertical stripes pattern. The cigarette case sides and bottom are decorated with maroon enamel panels over  guilloche  background with the pattern in the form of vertical stripes, framed with golden foliate ornament on matte background and  vertical white panels with golden stylized leaves.