AN IMPORTANT RECTANGULAR GOLD-MOUNTED PORCELAIN SNUFF-BOX
unmarked, the porcelain by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg, the mounts attributed to J. P. Ador, circa 1768, in original tooled leather case.
The cover painted with the Orlov coat-of-arms surmounted by the coronet of a count and heraldic helmets and held by two standard-bearers standing on an architectural plinth, incorporating a ribbon bearing the motto Fortitudine et Constantia, with river-landscape background, the sides with hunting, fishing, shooting and falconry scenes, the base with buildings in a river-landscape. The interior to the cover with a portrait of Count Grigory Grigorevich Orlov depicted in a casual pose dressed in an embroidered blue dressing-gown and holding a letter in his left hand, signed with the initials of Andrei Chernov, in the lower right corner. The gold mounts to the cover with basse-taille blue enamel Greek key-pattern, the corners chased with scrolls and husks, the thumbpiece chased with a shell and foliage, the box in simulated cage mounts with blue enamelled ovolo and bright-cut patterns (restoration to left side, two haircracks to base)