"RL&C" (Rémond, Lamy & Co. à Genève), 95 x 66 x 15 mm, 124 g, circa 1804
An exquisite Geneva gold enamel snuff box of museum quality "The ancient sacrifice"
Case: 18k gold, maker's punch mark "RL&C" (Rémond, Lamy & Cie., 1801-1804), two later French import marks for gold 1893.
Rectangular with slanted corners, sides, base and parts of the lid with drop-shaped engine-turning, translucent cobalt blue and opaque black enamelling in an engraved gold border. The central gold plaque with "Fleur de Lys". Hinged lid with enamel medallion painted in the shape of an archway with flanking pillars, in the front two applied gold figures in temporary constumes with lances, laurel branches and crested helmets, standing on pedestals decorated with Champlevé enamelling. The colours of the exquisitely painted enamel medallion are luminous and show a soldier sacrificing a ram, when Minerva/Pallas Athene appears for him .
Case: very good