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A Louis XV Two-Color Gold Snuff Box. Mark of René-Antoine Bailleul, Paris, 1773. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2012

Oval, the base, sides and cover chased with landscapes within fluted pales and with green gold stiff-leaf borders, marked inside base, side, cover, and bezel, with charge and discharge mark of Julien Alaterre; 2½ in. (6.5 cm.) long. Estimate $3,000 - $5,000

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