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A Diamond-Set Varicolored Gold & Guilloché Enamel Imperial Presentation Snuffbox, Charles Colins Söhne, Hanau, circa 1830. The cover finely chased with scrolling acanthus leaves & flowerheads in four color gold, centered with an oval panel enameled deep blue over an engine-turned ground & set with diamond-studded Imperial cypher of Emperor Nicholas I, the base & 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 & supplied both the Russian & 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 & 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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