Fine & rare George III / Regency silver gilt rectangular table snuff box with painted panel. The snuff box of slender rectangular form with a beautifully formed banded shell & anthemions chased boarder around the outside. The hinged lid decorated with a scrolling boarder and inset painted panel with figures reading a scroll within a low lit room. The base with an intricate engine-turned matching shell like pattern. To the inside a presentation inscription reads ” Presented to Tho’s Heather Jun Esq. 10 February 1830 as a token of gratitude for the kind services rendered by his father to Mr John Vanman of Portsea and left in remembrance of him to his brother Alfred. October 30th 1841. The box hallmarked in multiple places for Alexander James Strachan, London 1807.
Notes | Alexander James Strachan is often regarded as a leading box maker during the latter part of George III rule into the regency period he is often referred to as the “Paul Storr of gold boxes”. His fine craftsmanship showcased his ability to create exquisite boxes of pure quality often made from high value materials the boxes often incorporated extremely detailed fixing and boarders. Strachan supplied gold boxes to the Royal Goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and Wakelin & Garrard.
For highlights of his works please see; A Regency Gold-Mounted Hardstone Snuff-Box, Christies , A Regency Enamelled Gold Snuff Box Christies and A Rare Silver Gilt and Micromosaic Presentation Musical Snuff Box With Two Tunes.
Measurements | 2.2cm High x 9.7cm Wide x 7.6cm Deep
Condition | Very Good, two marks to the front painting right of the figures & a small loss to the edge of the painting from wear. No other damage & No Restoration.