An Imperial Presentation jewelled gold snuff box, Paris, 1763-1764, possibly mounted by Butz or Hahn

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Oval, the surfaces engine-turned in imitation of moiré silk within borders of rosettes and leaf scrolls, the sides divided by lyre-form pilasters, the hinged lid applied with the diamond-set cypher of Emperor Alexander III flanked by diamond-set flowers, struck with illegible maker's mark, charge mark of Jean-Baptiste Fouache, discharge mark for export, date letter Z, numbered 615, St Petersburg 72 standard mark, illegible St Petersburg retailer's mark
width 8.4cm, 3 1/4 in.