A JEWELLED GOLD PORTRAIT SNUFF BOX, MAKER S MARK WG, ST PETERSBURG, 1844
Of elongated cartouche form, the surfaces chased and engraved with rocaille scrolls, the lid applied with a portrait miniature on ivory painted with a lady within a rose- cut diamond-set frame, the bottom engraved with an eagle on sunburst ground, struck on the inside and the reverse of the lid with unidentified makers mark WG in a rectangle, a bell between, 56 standard length 9cm, 3^in. Saleroom Notice This lot contains ivory. Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries (e.g. US, France) Sothebys recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Please note that Sothebys will not assist buyers with CITES licence applications where a buyer elects to either collect or arrange their own shipping, nor will Sothebys assist with the international movement of ivory by air, either as freight or through hand carry. Sothebys shipping will only assist in shipping the lot to either domestic UK or EU destinations, where delivery is made by road transport. A buyers inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.