A very rare documentary enamelled silver-gilt filigree oblong octagonal snuff box and cover, 18th-early 19th century. Photo Bonhams
The top set with a delicately-woven sheet of filigree whorl pattern enriched with a central musical stone hanging from a bat and clusters of peaches at the four corners, the sides with similar smaller bat and flower sprays, the interior under a shallow gilding. 7.2cm (2 7/8in) wide - Lot 124. Estimate: £45,000 - 60,000 / CNY 450,000 - 600,000 / HK$ 550,000 - 740,000
The interior of the cover is engraved with a fascinating historical note which reads as follows: Taken by General John Hart Dunne from the Summer Palace Pekin 1860 and given by him to his uncle the Revd. Richard Hart of Catton Norwich with whom (and his widow Jane Hart) it remained until 1897.
By interesting coincidence, another piece taken from the Summer Palace by General Dunne in 1860 is also offered in this sale: see lot 382, a gold-ground nine-dragon robe, also with an accompanying photograph of the General.