ANTIQUE 18thC GERMAN 18k GOLD SNUFF BOX, ESAIS FERNAU, HANAU c.1790
Antique late-18th Century German magnificent 18k gold snuff box, large and of oval form, within a laurel and ribbon frame on a linear engine-turned ground with laurel and ribbon border, the sides decorated with festoons and bead band on sable ground, the linear panels separated by pilasters of chased musical trophies and a lower band guilloche ribbons.
Hallmarked with German Hanau marks, later Dutch import mark, Maker Esais Fernau (for an illustration of the marks, attributed to Esaias Fernau, which appear on this snuff box, on a gold and enamel snuff box in the Thurn und Taxis Collection, see Lorenz Seelig, 'Eighteenth century Hanau gold boxes', Silver Society of Canada Journal, 2015, vol. 18, fig. 57/58, together with an explanation of the recent attribution)
The cover set with an oval portrait miniature of a be-wigged Bacchante wearing a leopard skin dress, The miniature is undoubtebly by Georges Nicolas Toussaint Augustin Dubourg, please view this link to read more about his work.
In Excellent Condition - No Damage.
Width: 8.5 x 6.5cm