Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Snuffbox with the Pavlovsk palace mosaic composition

    Snuffbox with the Pavlovsk palace mosaic composition

    Germany, Hanau


    Gold, smalt; micromosaic, chasing, engraving

    1.6 x 8.4 x 5.9 cm, 103 gr

    Maker's marks: "R" and "F"; identification mark for small scale items


    Gold rectangular snuffbox with a hinged lid. Rectangular mosaic composition depicting Pavlovsk palace with the garden, the Pavilion of Three Graces and large stone stairway descending to the bank of the Slavyanka River is on the lid. It is framed with dark blue enamel rim and golden foliage ornament over matte background. Lateral sides are decorated with stylized foliage ornament, with dedication inscription on four sides: "To Professor Davydov from the students of the F.M. Department, Moscow, 1831". The bottom with lozenge-shaped central panel and a flower in the center; six triangular panels with guilloche pattern in the form of small lozenges.
    The mosaic composition on this snuffbox repeats the image of the palace from the Atlas of 1803 and a reproduction from the book by A. Kuchumov "Pavlovsk Palace and the park", Leningrad, 1973, p. 13.