A Saint Cloud silver-mounted circular snuff box, circa 1735. Photo Bonhams

Moulded in relief with pagodas on landscape vignettes to the side, a parrot perched on a branch to the base and a hunt vignette with a boar and hound on the cover, the silver mount with discharge mark of Hubert Louvet, Paris 1732-38, 4.5cm diam, (haircrack to side of box at rear). Estimate: £800 - 1,200, € 920 - 1,400, US$ 1,300 - 2,000 - Sold for £2,280

Provenance: Alfred Joseph Collection, no. 1319

Literature: Beaucamp-Markowsky 1985, no. 370;
Beaucamp-Markowsky 1988, no. 80;

Exhibited: Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 1972-2003;
London, Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, 2003-2008;
Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, The Bowes Museum, 2008-2010

Bonhams. The Helmut Joseph Collection of Important Snuff Boxes, 5 Jul 2011. London, New Bond Street www.bonhams.com