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Lot No. 414
Lot No. 414
Estimate  6,500 - 10,000 €
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"G&F", Paris

, Movement No. 1490, 90 x 55 x 30 mm, 318 g, circa 1820

A snuff box with a very fine musical movement playing two tunes

Case: silver, gilt, Parisian hallmark 1819-1838 for silver fineness .800, Parisian silver guarantee mark for medium articles 1819-1838, case maker's mark illegible. Movm.: brass, punch mark "G&F", pinned cylinder, sectional comb with 21 sections of teeth grouped in threes (63 teeth in total), two-arm centrifugal brake.

The rectangular body of the hinged snuff box has rounded corners engraved with flowers. All sides are decorated with an engine-turned pattern of stylized flower garlands which are framed by borders of exquisitely engraved acanthus scrolls and flowers on Sablé ground. A reeded pattern decorates the visible sides of the base plate. Two gold discs on the front release the musical movement, i.e., change the tune. Aperture for the winding square in the base.

Known as "Carillons à musique", snuff boxes with musical movements were regarded as a status symbol of the rich and wealthy. They were ranked above the traditional snuff boxes and provided a strong influence on development, production and general popularity of the musical boxes in the 19th century.

Provenance: German private collection
Movm.: very good, capable of running

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