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A 19thC French tortoiseshell snuff box

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200


Lot Description

A 19thC French tortoiseshell snuff box, the hinged lid painted with a miniature of Napoleon's Adieux to the Garde Impériale in the Cheval-Blanc courtyard of the Château de Fontainebleau 1814, after the oil by Emile Vernet. The box contains an ink on paper miniature of the same scene and two ink manuscripts in French, one detailing the scene and Napoleon's address of 20 April 1814, the other a key of the major characters. 90 x 70 x 24mm. Small tortoiseshell piece absent over rear right hinge. Provenance: Private Auckland Collection. By bequest from our vendor’s paternal grandmother. Of French Huguenot descent, 17th C émigrés to Ireland. A family member is reputed to have fought alongside Napoleon.