"S&C"(Souchay & Colin), Hanau, 91 x 62 x 18 mm, 139 g, circa 1810
An exquisite, extremely rare gold enamel snuff box
Case: 20K gold, maker's punch mark "S&C", Parisian gold guarantee mark 1798-1809, punch mark rampant lion, Prague charge mark Austrian-Hungarian monarchy 1806-1824.
Rectangular box with slanted corners, allover decorated with engine-turned pattern and foliate scrolls, in a narrow blue enamel frame on a sable ground. Hinged lid with central square enamel plaque, with exquisite painting of five scholars wearing classical robes, disputing and writing essays.
A very similar box was auctioned at Sotheby's London on June 7, 2007, lot 75. The lid is also decorated with an enamel plaque showing some scholars in a discussion; three of the marks on that box are identical, including the maker’s mark. His initials can also be found on a number of top quality early 19th century presentation boxes.
Anna Petronella Souchay (1753-1851), daughter of the goldsmith Marc Andre Souchay (1730-1811) married Charles Colin (1749-1817) in Hanau on 15 January 1776. They had thirteen children and their son Jacques Charles married Jeanne Anne Thérèse Rémond in 1811. The two companies Charles Colins Söhne of Hanau and Jean-George Rémond of Geneva and Hanau are famous for the gold boxes they created.
Case: very good