Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich: A diamond-set gold Imperial presentation snuff box, probably Charles Colins Söhne or Carl Martin Weishaupt, Hanau, mid-19th century. Shaped rectangular, the cover of the hinged lid centered with a slightly raised oval plaque enameled in translucent royal blue over a radiating engine-turned ground and applied with Old Mine and rose cut silver-mounted diamonds forming the letter K in a scrolling Gothic script surmounted by the Russian Imperial crown, the plain gold bezel with a band of pastes in ogee-shaped silver mounts, the plaque flanked on either side with a total of six Old Mine and Old European cut diamonds, the ground of cast and chased scrolling ivy, rosebuds, and foliage in high relief, the bombé sides similarly chased with a scrolling design in high relief, the underside engraved with a conforming design and raised on a red gold foot. The flange stamped with the number 2276, otherwise apparently unmarked. Dimensions: 1 3/4″ h x 3 5/8″ w x 2 3/4″ d (4.4 x 9.2 x 7 cm).
For a similar box with the Gothic initial H and German-style crown, see Christie’s London, 30-31 May 2012, lot 108.
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