A Louis XV Vari-Colored Gold Snuff Box. Paris, 1753. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2012

Oval, the cover, sides and base with panels of radiating moiré, each centering a flower and leafy stem, marked inside base, side, cover, and bezel, with charge and discharge of Julien Berthe; maker's mark not apparent; 2 3/4 in. (6.9 cm.) long. Estimate $7,000 - $10,000

The Collection of Charles and Nonie de Limur, San Francisco

Christie's. Important Silver and Objects of Vertu. 19 October 2012. New York, Rockefeller Plaza