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An exceptionally fine George III Tortoiseshell Pique Scent Etui made circa 1780


The Etui was made most probably in London circa 1780 and is of slightly tapering form and is inlaid on the front and reverse with beautiful foliate scroll work and a navette shaped Neo-Classical rayed medallion surrounded by unusual bead work. The side displays a plain silver band and the bottom and hinged cover are separated by a prick dot engraved silver band. Most unusually the silver pique work is interspersed with mother of pearl inlay. The interior displays its original bottle, with stopper.

Length: 2.45 inches, 6.13cm.

Width: 1.6 inches, 4cm.