Master’s mark "CCS" (Charles Colins & Söhne, Hanau) / Johann Daniel Berneaud, 90 x 62 x 20 mm, 138 g, circa 1830
An exquisite and extremely rare German snuff box in four-colour gold with polychrome enamelled genre scene: "Card Players"
Case: 18k gold, master’s mark "CCS" (Charles Colins & Söhne, Hanau), enamel miniature with signature "B.", Johann Daniel Berneaud (1773-1861).
Rectangular box with round corners, hinged lid inset with a rectangular enamel miniature finely painted with a rustic interior tavern scene in the manner of the Flemish artist David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690): two men playing cards, while other figures watch the game. Narrow blue enamel border framed by crisply chased floral garlands; the four corners of the lid and sides with flowerheads in four-colour gold on a sablé ground. The sides and base engine-turned with a geometrical pattern, the base with a border of flowersprays in four-colour gold on a sablé ground.
Johann Daniel Berneaud (born 1773 in Hanau, died 1861 in Hanau) trained as an enamel painter in Geneva and worked with Antoine Carteret for some time. Around 1814 he returned to his native town of Hanau and worked for several manufacturers of gold goods. Berneaud decorated a number of gold boxes with his paintings; he favoured allegorical motifs and flowers. It is said that Goethe was one of Berneaud’s admirers. This was also the time when Berneaud began receiving commissions from the Turkish sultanate.
Genre painting shows everyday scenes of customs and traditions of people in a generally realistic manner, without any religious, mythological or historical background. Genre painting only developed into its own category during the 16th and 17th century and is most popularly used to describe the works of Dutch painters. The paintings illustrate everyday life, of ordinary people, or of nobles and the bourgeois in work or recreation.
Case: very good