A NIELLOED SILVER SNUFF BOX

Moscow, circa 1812, maker's mark ? K, assaymaster's mark partly effaced, probably Ivan Vikhlyaev (see Postnikova-Loseva, 1983 edition, 2100-2102)

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Rectangular, the cover depicting Venus and Cupid amidst clouds, within reeded borders, the sides with buildings, the base with mythological figure in clouds (niello slightly worn)