Master’s mark "CCS" (Charles Colins & Söhne, Hanau) / Johann Daniel Berneaud, 91 x 61 x 20 mm, 133 g, circa 1830
An exquisite and extremely rare German snuff box in two-colour gold with polychrome enamelling "Bouquet of Summer Flowers"
Case: 18k gold, master’s mark "CCS" (Charles Colins & Söhne, Hanau), enamel miniature with signature "B.px.", Johann Daniel Berneaud (1773-1861).
Rectangular box with round corners, hinged lid with oval enamel miniature of a vase with a bouquet of summer flowers, in a narrow blue enamel border surrounded by chased flowers and volutes on a sable ground, partly decorated with blue enamelling. The back and the sides are decorated with a stylised floral engine-turned pattern and exquisitely engraved with volutes; the round corners are ornamented with chased butterflies.
A nearly identical snuff box is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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