Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Book-shaped snuff box with tortoiseshell panels

    Book-shaped snuff box with tortoiseshell panels

    France, Paris

    early 19th century; tortoiseshell panels - the 18th century

    Pierre-Andre Montauban

    Gold, tortoiseshell, leather (case); chasing, inlay

    1.7 x 9.0 x 6.3 cm, 147 gr

    Maker's mark: "MPA"; post revolutionary mark: "18K" Paris; warranty mark of 1809-1819. Engraving on the welt: "Montauban Quai Des Orfevres N54"


    Book-shaped gold rectangular snuffbox with a hinged lid. The lid and bottom are ornated with tortoiseshell panels with multicolored gold parfling in the form of flowers, ribbons, shells, curls and garlands, framed by chased foliage pattern. The book spine with rectangular tortoise color agate inserts. Is stored in green leather case with the inscription on the lid inner side: "By appointment to H.M. The Queen GOLDSMITHS 8- CROWN JEWELLERS GARRARD&CoLtd HR. REGENT STREET.W.L." (of later origin).