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Le Lion De Florence

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An early 19th century pressed wood snuff box, probably maple, with a scene after the work by Nicolas-André Monsiau, Le Lion De Florence; inside lined with composition and a tortoiseshell rim. French circa 1810.

Nicolas-André Monsiau 1754-1837 was a French history painter whose great public commission was a commemoration of the authoritarian constitution delivered by Napoloeon at Lyon in 1802. His portrayal of a sensational episode in which an escaped lion from the Grand Ducal menagerie in Florence dropped a child it had picked up, without harming it, was exhibited at the Salon of 1801 and reproduced on this snuffbox around the same time. It is presently conserved in the Louvre, Paris.

Dia. 3.25 in.

Item Code: 2435

£ 480

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