Louis Galopin, Genéve, 89 x 64 x 25 mm, circa 1820
An exquisite and extremely rare diamond studded gold enamel snuff box with original case Case: gold and polychrome enamel, master’s mark "LG" with crown (Louis Galopin). Oval shape, hinged lid with very fine enamel painting in the style of Jean Louis Richter (1766-1841): Swiss mountain stream with a mill. Curved bordering studded with a double row of diamonds. Floor with a similar Alpine landscape by a different artist, in a Champlevé enamel frame of gold, white and green flower scrolls on a black background. Sides with curved painted panels: farm buildings in Alpine river and lake landscapes, narrow white ornamental frames. Spandrels with Champlevé ornaments: gold flowers and foliate scrolls on an opaque turquoise-coloured and black background. Lid with curving edge, gold petals and leaves on an opaque white and black background.
The two large miniatures on the lid and the floor were apparently created by two different enamel painters. This is not unusual for Swiss gold enamel tobacco tins that have Alpine landscape paintings; most of them were intended for export and the miniatures could be created independently of each other. 77 enamel painters were registered in Geneva at the end of the 18th century; unfortunately today we know only some of them, as for example, the brothers David-Etienne (1758-1832) and Philippe-Samuel-Theodore Roux (1756-1805) and of course their student Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841). Richter specialized in landscapes and river landscapes, harbour and battle scenes, portraits and hunting scenes. His paintings stand out because of their clear colours and his great devotion to detail.
Provenance: Auction Sotheby's "Objects of Vertu, Russian Works of Art and Fabergé and Orders and Decorations", Geneva, November 17, 1992, lot 45.
Literature: see Snowman, 18th Century Goldboxes, London 1966, number 736 et seq.
Estimate 38,000 - 48,000 €
Price Realised 45,900 €
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