Louis Galopin 日內瓦，88 x 53 x 20 mm，131 g，約 1806
Louis Galopin, Genéve, 88 x 53 x 20 mm, 131 g, circa 1806
An exquisite and extremely rare gold enamel snuff box "The Moated Castle"
Case: gold and polychrome enamel, master’s mark "LG" with crown (Louis Galopin II, 1802-1806).
Rectangular case with slanted corners, hinged lid with very fine enamel painting of an Alpine river landscape in the style of Jean Louis Richter (1766-1841): two hunters, a moated castle in the background. The rim with translucent green enamelling and engraved flower garlands. Sides and base with engine-turned floral pattern, translucent cobalt blue and opaque black enamelling, floral Champlevé borders; slanted corners decorated with lyres and engraved flowers of red and white Champlevé enamel on a blue ground.
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.