Guidon, Gide & Blondet fils à Genève / Jean-Louis Richter, 84 x 65 x 20 mm, 102 g, circa 1804
An exquisite gold enamel snuff box "Bouquet of Summer Flowers"
Case: 18k gold, case maker’s mark "GGB" under a crown (Guidon, Gide & Blondet fils à Genève).
Oval shape, all sides with radial and wave pattern engine-turned decoration and translucent blue enamelling. Hinged lid with rounded high rectangular enamel medallion: exquisite miniature painting of a bouquet of summer flowers in a vase, with fruit in the front and a park landscape in the background, framed by an engraved gold border with engine-turned semi-circle pattern on the sides; signed "Richter" lower left. At the top and the sides, the rim of the lid is decorated with a geometric pattern of blue, white and gold Champlevé ribbons. The sides show stylized petals on a black ground. In the centre of the base is a delicate miniature painting: a bouquet of poppy flower and forget-me-nots.
Guidon, Gide & Blondet fils à Genève
The snuff box bears the stamp of the firm Guidon, Gide & Blondet fils of Geneva. They conducted business from 1801 until 1804; the company was founded when the company Guidon, Rémond, Gide & Co. closed down on 1 January 1801 and the two partners henceforth traded as Rémond, Lamy & Co. and Guidon Gide & Blondet, respectively. A great number of the finest gold and enamel snuff boxes that were produced in Geneva at the time are signed with marks from either of the three companies.
Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841)
He learned his art under David-Etienne-Roux and Philippe-Samuel-Théodore Roux. He specialized in landscapes, lake-side scenes and marine-scapes, often representing ships in a harbor or battles with Men-of-War, but also portraits and hunting scenes. Richter did not often sign his work, but he style and quality of his paintings make them clearly recognizable as being of his hand. He applied his art principally to watch cases and snuff boxes and these were largely destined for the Chinese, Turkish, British and Italian markets.
Case: very good, slightly scratched