This beautiful, rare snuff box is an exceptional piece of craftsmanship: built from solid gold, the oval-shaped box features detailed enameled decorations all over its exterior. The underside and sides of the box are decorated with finely detailed arrangements of flowers on turquoise ground, bordered by arabesque motifs within gold borders, on pink ground. There is a hinge at the reverse of the box, concealing an interior of solid gold which has a wave-form rim. It is, however, the top of the box’s lid which is the most impressively decorated part: there is an exquisitely painted central cartouche showing a ship near a coastline, with a small Arabian village, with mosque and palm trees, set amongst a mountainous backdrop. The cartouche is oval in shape, with undulating borders containing gilt and enameled foliate patterns on a turquoise ground. The internal rim is inscribed ’11’.