Description & Technical information

A rectangular gold and enamelled snuff-box. The cover is set with an enamel miniature depicting an alpine lakeside view with harbour scene in the foreground  and mountains beyond the Léman lake. The miniature is set in a frame with  raised foliate sablé gold border.The side and the base are worked with a geometric guilloche pattern.
This snuffbox is characteristic of the Geneva production of the first quarter of the 19th century. The enamels are then strongly influenced by the works of Pierre-Louis de la Rive (1753-1817) painter from Geneva. Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841) was one of the renowned enamellers who produced many enamelled compositions rarely signed to adorn snuffboxes. Thus, this view is apparently influenced by Richter's work.
Weight: 4.37 oz (124g).



Period:  19th century
Origin:  Swiss
Medium: gold, Enamel
Dimensions: 2 x 8 x 5.5 cm (0³/₄ x 3¹/₈ x 2¹/₈ inches)
Categories: Jewellery