A Diamond-Set Varicolored Gold and Guilloché Enamel Imperial Presentation Snuffbox, Charles Colins Söhne, Hanau, circa 1830. The cover finely chased with scrolling acanthus leaves and flowerheads in four color gold, centered with an oval panel enameled deep blue over an engine-turned ground and set with diamond-studded Imperial cypher of Emperor Nicholas I, the base and sides with engine-turned panels within blue enamel borders. Dimensions: 3 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in (8.5 cm x 6 cm).
A Prominent South American Collection
The firm of Charles Colins Söhne produced some of the finest gold boxes of the first half of the nineteenth century and supplied both the Russian and British courts. Queen Victoria presented a similar case with her diamond-set monogram to her mother’s equerry; the case is now in the Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria & Albert Museum (444:1,2-2008). For a nearly identical box presented by Emperor Nicholas I to the diplomat Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Henry Willock (1790-1858), who served as British Envoy to Persia from 1815 to 1826 and was chairman of the East India Company from 1844 to 1847, see Sotheby’s London, 18 December 2007 (“Important Silver, Gold Boxes & Objects of Vertu”), lot 110.
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