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Fine Louis XVI gold tabatiere à Deux Couleurs yellow and red gold. Oval shape. Base, wall and hinged lid covered with richly guilloché net structures. Cassette-like structure with relief pearl band and calyx decoration. On the lid a miniature portrait behind glass in a high oval shape, framed by a stylized wreath of leaves, with a bust portrait of a rococo lady with powdered, highly topped hair and an elegant ice-grey and blue dress. Tempera painting on ivory. Decorated with Hanau prestige marks in the style of French foam marks, such as those of the Parisian tenant Julien Alaterre. Master probably Esaias Fernau (active from ca. 1762). Weight 185 g. H. 3.3 cm. 8.3 cm x 6.2 cm. CITES certificate available. Provenance: from the important collection of the Frankfurt banking family von Bethmann, which grew over generations. This tabatiere is a typical example of 18th century gold boxes made in the style of the Parisian and Swiss goldsmiths; Paris was considered the European center of goldsmithing at this time. Hanau also developed into an important production site for gold tabatiers in the 1760s, partly due to the influence of French goldsmithing in Europe and a large number of goldsmiths of Huguenot origin who moved here, and was able to keep up with the high quality and fine design of France. Today, works by the Hanau goldsmiths can be found in renowned museums such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Musée Cognac-Jay in Paris and the Fürstliche Schatzkammer Thurn und Taxis in Regensburg. The maker's mark "EC" under a lily and crown on this tabatiere is illustrated by Lorenz Seelig in his article "Eighteenth Century Hanau Gold Boxes" published in 2015 in the Silver Society of Canada Journal (pp. 45, 46, Fig. 50), where it is attributed to the Hanau bijoutier Esaias Fernau ("Esaias et Compagnie"). Fernau was active from around 1762 and worked with various partners such as Daniel Marchand and the enameller Friedrich Wagenfuehrer. A tabatiere attributed to Fernau can be found in the Louvre in Paris, inv. no. OA 2173. A fine German Louis XVI gold snuff box probably by Esaias Fernau (active since 1762) with miniature portrait on ivory. Hanauer prestige marks in the manner of French hallmarks. Master's mark. CITES included. German. Hanau. Around 1780.

Estim. 8,500 - 17,000 EUR

Elegant Louis XVI enamel gold tabatiere with fine pearl decoration Red gold. Cylindrical body. Lid, wall and base with linear guilloché, black enameled ground, surrounded by gold, flamed and white, opaque decorative lines with leaf frieze. The lid framed by two concentrically arranged bands set with delicate pink iridescent pearls. Central round medallion with scenic, antique-style depiction in front of a wooded landscape in delicate enamel grisaille painting over an iridescent beige background. Partly indistinctly marked, hallmark in the style of the Parisian tenant Julien Alaterre. Weight approx. 190 g. H. 2,1 cm. D. 8 cm. Provenance: from the important collection of the Frankfurt banking family von Bethmann, which grew over generations. This tabatiere is a typical example of the exquisite tabatiers produced in the style of the Parisian goldsmiths, particularly in Switzerland in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Many of these gold boxes bear marks based on and inspired by those of the Parisian guild, presumably for reasons of prestige. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a comparable Swiss tabatiere with enamel and pearl trimming, inv. no. 499-1890. Cf. cat. James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, Gold Boxes, cat. no. 59 (mark). An elegant probably Swiss Louis XVI rose gold and enamelled snuff box set with pearls. Partly indistinctly marked. Assay mark imitating those used by the Paris guild. Probably Switzerland. 2nd half 18th century.

Estim. 6,500 - 13,000 EUR