Europe, Victorian, ca. 19th century CE. A lovely Victorian silver oval snuff box with a lid inlaid with an agate intaglio incised with a scene including a goddess riding a chariot drawn by two horses above billowing clouds, with Cupid drawing his bow and arrow in the skies above and a star in the distance. Once opened, the box features a marvelous engraved and openwork design of curvilinear motifs perhaps representing plumes of smoke or clouds in the celestial realm. There are hallmarks (GB perhaps indicating Great Britain and more) on the exterior wall of the lower section as well as on the underside of the lid. Size: 1.5" W x .5" H (3.8 cm x 1.3 cm); Total weight: 30.5 grams
Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection; ex-collection of Joel Malter, Los Angeles, California, USA
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