German, probably Dresden, 122 x 81 x 48 mm, circa 1750
An important Rococo-style gold-mounted agate snuff box with gold cagework: "The Metamorphosis of Minerva"
Case: gold, smoke-coloured agate box cut from one stone, polished; chased gold cagework mounts; hinged lid showing the metamorphosis of Minerva, sides with military equipment, flowers and cornucopiae surrounded by rocailles and volutes. Shell thumbpiece, borders engraved with flowers and volutes.
Alan and Simone Hartman Collection