Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Snuffbox with Venus image

    Snuffbox with Venus image

    Germany or France

    late 19th century

    Gold, enamel; painting, enamel over guilloche, enamel over engraving

    2.3 x 8.5 x 6.3 cm, 150 gm

    Marks: French assay mark, five more marks


    Gold oval snuffbox with a hinged lid. An oval plaque with the image of Venus in the 18th century fashion dress is on the lid. A Cupid flies alongside, crowning her with a wreath of flowers framed with rim with two white lines and multicolored enamel foliage ornament. The sides are decorated with rectangular inserts of green translucent enamel over guilloche. The bottom with an oval plaque with green guilloche enamel on green translucent enamel with diverging from the center patterns, framed with similar rim with multicolored enamel foliage ornament.