A SILVER-GILT AND NIELLO PORTRAIT SNUFF-BOX

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RUSSIA, CIRCA 1781

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A SILVER-GILT AND NIELLO PORTRAIT SNUFF-BOX
RUSSIA, CIRCA 1781
Of waisted oval shape on stepped foot, one side nielloed with a cartouche enclosing a stylised portrait of Empress Catherine II surmounted by a large Imperial crown, the other side with stylised portraits of her son Tsarevitch Paul and his wife Maria Feodorovna, the hinged cover with stylised portraits of their sons Alexander (future Alexander I) and Konstantin, inscribed '1781 / AL' under base
2 3/8 in. (5.9 cm.) high
3.96 oz. (123.2 gr.) gross