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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, April 28, 2019

LOT 544

GUIDON, RÉMOND, GIDE & CO. THE ENAMEL ATTRIBUTABLE TO JEAN-LOUIS RICHTER SNUFF-BOX; 18K YELLOW GOLD AND ENAMEL

18K yellow gold and enamel, horizontal rectangular-shaped with rounded corners snuff-box with hinged lid; cover, base and band decorated with Royal blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning) panels. The lid with a central rectangular-shaped panel painted on enamel on gold showing a maritime landscape probably after Claude- Joseph Vernet (1714-1789), attributable to the workshop of Jean- Louis Richter (1766-1841), Geneva.

Brand Guidon, Rémond, Gide & Co.

Model the enamel attributable to the Jean-Louis Richter

Year circa 1796-1800

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel.

Dimensions 22 x 88.5 x 53 mm

Signature case

HKD 70,000 - 90,000

CHF 9,050 - 11,300 / USD 9,150 - 11,450

Sold: HKD 106,250


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good


Notes

Richter, Jean-Louis (1766-1841), Geneva Learned his art under David-Etienne Roux and Philippe-Samuel-Théodore Roux, becoming a most renowned enamel painter. His speciality was the painting of landscapes and particularly lake-side scenes and marine-scapes, often representing ships in a harbour or battles with fighting Men-of-War, but, on occasion, also portraits and hunting scenes. He did not often sign his work, but it is clearly recognised as being in his hand from the style and quality of the painting. He applied his art principally to watch cases and snuff-boxes and these were largely destined for the Chinese, Turkish, British and Italian markets. In 1828, he was in partnership with Aimé- Julien Troll (1781-1852) and one can find work signed Richter et Troll. Richter, like other great enamel painters of the time, often found inspiration for his work from paintings or engravings by the artists then in fashion particularly Claude Verne or the romanticised English and Irish rural life.