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The snuff box is of oval form and cast in solid gold, which is decorated all over with enamelled detailing. To the upper lid of the box is a central enamelled scene depicting a ship near a coastline at sunrise. There is a mountainous landscape in the background and a small village with a mosque and palm trees in the foreground. This scene is bordered within an undulating wave-form enameled floral foliate pattern on a turquoise ground. The sides of the box are decorated all around with alternating enamel panels of arabesque motifs on a pink ground and floral still life arrangements on a turquoise ground. The underside of the box is decorated with a enamel panel of a floral still life arrangement on a turquoise ground, which is surrounded by gilt arabesque patterns on a pink ground. The box opens with a hinge to the rear, with an undulating rim, to reveal an interior of solid and lustrous gold. The box bears the stamped number '11' to the rear at the opening.
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