A German Gold and Enamel Painted Snuff-Box by Johann Daniel Bernéaud
Rectangular box with rounded corners, the sides and base fillets with scrolling foliage parcel-enamelled in opaque set with sablé gold panels within opaque sky-blue enamel dark-blue, the cover centred with an enamel plaque depicting the Madonna and Child within slightly raised chased vari-colour gold floral and foliate sablé border, the base and side pilasters with similar raised foliage, the later interior lining engraved with an inscription.
Hanau, circa 1820, the enamel plaque attributed to Johann Daniel Bernéaud (German, 1773-1861), Signed ‘B. PX’.
With an engraved inscription inside that reads ‘Jose Maria Fornel, / a su llustre amigo y Benefactor / El Gral. Santa Anna. / 1853
Johann Daniel Bernéaud was born in Hanau and worked as an enamellist there and in Geneva. At some time, he was associated with Antoine Carteret. Both are praised in Goethe’s Tour on the Rhine, Maine and Neckar of 1814-1815 in his chapter on Hanau: ‘Painting in enamel is executed chiefly by Carteret and Bernéaud, and both may justly claim the title of artists.
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