Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Snuffbox with clock

    Snuffbox with clock

    Switzerland, Geneve

    circa 1800

    Moulinié & Bautte

    Gold, pearls, brass, steel; engraving, grisaille, gem stones setting, painted enamel

    7.5 x 3.0 x 1.1 cm

    Monogram on the central lid inner side: "JB"


    Gold and enamel rectangular snuffbox with integral clock. The central hinged compartment decorated with painted enamel portrait of a mother and a child on blue background, pearl-set border, and external border onlayed with light blue enamel and engraved gold foliage with two applied gold putti. Further compartment on the right with a hinged lid decorated with grisaille oval panel of a putto with pearl-set border and decoration, to the left - a clock with hinged lid decorated to match, the sides with white enamel vignettes depicting a rabbit, a swan, flowers, a hunting dog and a duck, further light blue enamel and engraved gold swag and trophy decoration. The base decorated to match with a central white enamel flowers vase and two light blue enamel panels with engraved gold trophies, royal blue enamel border with gold repeated pattern. The clock dial is circular, white enamel with Arabic numerals, outer dot minutes' graduation, gold dial mask decorated with light blue enamel and gold engraved trophy and foliage to match the box. Movement is rectangular gilt with foliate engraved rear plate, going barrel, cylinder escapement, plain three-arm balance, flat balance spring, index regulator.

    The snuffbox is stored in brown leather case.