Attributed to Charles Colins & Söhne, Hanau / Johann Daniel Berneaud, 89 x 62 x 20 mm, 167 g, circa 1830
An exquisite and extremely rare German snuff box in four-colour gold, with polychrome enamel miniature "The Mameluke"
Case: 18k gold, enamel miniature with signature "B.px.", Johann Daniel Berneaud (1773-1861).
Rectangular box with round corners, hinged lid with rectangular enamel miniature of a mounted Mameluke leading an Arabian white stallion, in a narrow blue enamel border surrounded by chased flowers and tendrils on a sable ground. The back shows a central chased bouquet of summer flowers in four-colour gold encircled by polished meanders and tendrils that are repeated on the sides of the box.
Johann Daniel Berneaud (born 1773 in Hanau, died 1861 in Hanau) trained as an enamel painter in Geneva and worked with Antoine Carteret for some time. Around 1814 he returned to his native town of Hanau and worked for several manufacturers of gold goods. Berneaud decorated a number of gold boxes with his paintings; he favoured allegorical motifs and flowers. It is said that Goethe was one of Berneaud’s admirers. This was also the time when Berneaud began receiving commissions from the Turkish sultanate.
Case: very good