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.
Case: very good