Samuel Cotes, 74 x 56 x 34 mm, circa 1770
A Louis XVI snuff box with gold mountings and miniature portrait of a gentleman, signed "S. Cotes, 1766"
Case: 20k gold and tortoiseshell, case makers punch mark not readable, charge and discharge mark Julien Alaterre (1768 - 1775), guild punch mark "G" for the years 1770-1771.
Oval box, the hinged lid set with a glazed watercolour on bone miniature of a gentleman, a head and shoulders portrait of a man turned to the right, wearing a powder wig, a red coat and white neckcloth and cravat, signed lower right "S. Cotes 1766"; engraved gold rim with drawstring pattern, Piqué posé pink gold pattern, florally engraved thumbpiece. On the inner lid a glazed oval bone medallion with engraved townscape, monogrammed lower left "HN".
Samuel Cotes (1734–1818)
Cotes became known as a portrait painter; his crayon portraits were also admired. He painted in miniature both on enamel and on ivory, and exhibited from 1760 to 1789 at the exhibitions of the Incorporated Society of Artists, of which he was a fellow, and at the Royal Academy. He died in Chelsea in 1818.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Cotes, as of 09/27/2014.
Case: very good, slightly worn