French Silver Niello Snuff Box, Hunting Scene, Early 19th Century
A rare French silver nielloed snuff box featuring a mythological hunting scene on the cover within a finely detailed wooded landscape, a hound barking up a tree is being restrained by a young warrior while a seated nude observes on the right. The reverse is decorated with a stork within scrolling foliage and stylized floral designs, the sides with geometric pattern. The interior is gilded with the original vermeil. A lovely example of French niello workmanship from the period of Louis Philippe I (1830-1848).
Paris, 1830-40. With French silver hallmarks on interior of upper lid.
3 x 2 x 1/2 in. (7.6 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm).
103.4 grams; 3.32 troy ounces.