Emperor Nicholas I: A diamond-set varicolor gold Imperial presentation snuffbox with portrait, probably Charles Colins Söhne or Carl Martin Weishaupt, Hanau, circa 1840. Of cartouche form, the cover of the yellow gold hinged lid centered with an oval miniature of Emperor Nicholas I after an original by George Dawe circa 1826 within a varicolor gold bezel chased with acanthus leaf tips and held under glass, the remainder chased with a pattern of scrolling ornament and rosebuds in high relief against a matted ground, with six circular reserves, three on each side of the portrait, centered with a collet-set Old European cut diamond in a silver mount, the bombé sides chased and engraved with a Neo-Rococo design of scrollwork, flowers, and vegetation, the underside raised on a shaped red gold foot engraved by means of pouncing with a band of scrolls. The flange stamped with the number 3695 and an Austro-Hungarian import mark for gold in use between 1867 and 1937. 1 ¼ x 3 3/8 x 2 ½ in. (3.2 x 8.7 x 6.5 cm).
For a similar gold box by Weishaupt with an oval plaque enameled blue and set with a basket of flowers in diamonds, see Christie’s London, 30-31 May 2012 (“Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes”), lot 115.
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