The box is lined in gold foil, and the upper and lower framing rims of the snuff box tests at 14k gold, a tiny bit to the pink side in color. The body of the box is typical of the era, of course. This one is a c.1700s table snuff, and mounted on top is a stunning painting in miniature that hints at mourning. You see the young woman about to drape garlands upon the tomb, upon which are 2 objects that might have been personal referential items and which I can't decipher. The S of the pillar is a snake, and the Greek statue in distance has a staff with snake coiled around it, as a Caduseus might be depicted if you were representing Asclepius (Physician), and this is the reference therein. The caduceus of Hermes is similar, but different enough that we can clearly identify this God who dealt with patients. So from this we can deduce that the one being mourned was a physician. A stunning fine old snuff box for the sophisticated collector.
Very good to excellent, a small fine hairline to the upper right of the painting, about a 2 o'clock position and shown well in our greatly enlarged images for your review. Protected under the original slightly convex cover glass, it has suffered little damage in the 250-300 years since painted. The gold is tested rather than marked, and is a relatively thin foil that lines the interior of this snuff, and forms the framework, also. I tested it at 14k, but it is possible it is 15k or 16k. It does not test at 18k. Without the punch marks we know of France, I'm unable to be certain but this one is much like the silk work embroideries we see in later 1700s England, too, in form and subject presentation. The box is 3" in diameter and 1" tall when closed.
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