A jeweled gold & enamel Imperial Presentation portrait snuff box, by C. Weishaupt und Söhne, Hanau, circa 1860, the rim numbered 4294. Of cartouche form, the lid inset with a highly detailed portrait miniature of Tsar Alexander II, unsigned but attributed to Alois Gustav Rockstuhl, depicted wearing a black uniform within a pearl-set frame. The ground decorated in high relief with twigs, partially enameled in blue on a matted ground, further set with six large mine cut diamonds, the shaped sides & base elaborately engraved with a plethora of different types of leaves & flowers woven into strapwork. Dimensions: 1 7/8″ H x 4″ W x 2 7/8″ D (4.8 x 10.2 x 7.3 cm).
Provenance: Sotheby’s Geneva, 16 November 1993, lot 96.
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