Important European Silver, Gold Boxes & Objects of Vertu Offered at Sotheby’s in Paris

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PARIS.- The sale of Important European Silver, Gold Boxes & Objects of Vertu at Sotheby’s Paris on May 17 will include exceptional items from all over Europe. The finest piece in the sale is an extremely rare French 12th century silver drinking cup.The sale begins with 70 lots of vertu and gold boxes of varied private provenance. The stand-out lot promises to be an exceptional gold and enamel snuff-box, inset with an agate cameo of Napoleon’s brother-in-law (and King of Naples) Joachim Murat and his hair (est. €60,000-80,000*). There will also be a gold and enamel snuff-box (Geneva c.1790), with signed plaque painted by Jean-Abraham Lissignol (est. €30,000-50,000); and a jewelled gold imperial presentation snuff-box by C. M. Weishaupt & Söhne (Hanau c.1895), featuring the cipher of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Augusta Victoria in rose-cut diamonds (est. €18,000-25,000). More unusual items include a roya