IMPORTANT Antique Russian Imperial Snuff Box c. 1795, Russia Portrait Miniature signed by MEYS. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent.We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers. This is an important piece of history, c. The box is made by Loukitine, Moscow. The portrait is framed in with a karat gold mount and the interior retains a foil lining (for tobacco), and signature crest of the Russian emperor family.
He was the son and heir of Catherine, The Great. Their relationship was strained, always.
An historical figure you'll want to research. The object is a piece of Russian Dynastic heritage and importance.
Large, the box is 4.5" long, 3" wide and 1.25 tall when closed. The artist has signed the work, "De Mays 1795", just the year before Pietrovich became Emperor of all Russia. Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the profiles overlaying one another in a grisaille manner now were likely painted but missing cover glass, all but the oil painting or black lacquer surrounding them remains.
You can still see each one quite clearly. There is also a hairline traversing about half the width, low on the shoulder of the Emperor, easy to see. Again, no damage at all on the actual box, interior still with foil used to keep tobacco fresh. Artist signature visible below the youngest children, right.It closes smoothly, a long piano hinge to backside. I have not tested the gold of the portrait's surrounding mat, but I'm certain it is 12k or higher, perhaps 18k.
Difficult to test without scraping a bit and I do not want to leave a scratch, nor remove it from its box to test. We're easy to deal with.Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replaceable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings.
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