103rd Auction


Lot 251

Maker's mark "CMWS" (Carl Martin Weishaupt & Söhne), Hanau, 89 x 66 x 38 mm, 169 g, circa 1865
A magnificent gold, royal presentation snuffbox studded with diamonds and ornamented with enamel, bearing the monogram of Danish King Christian IX (1818-1906). According to the consignor, the snuffbox was a present given to the Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) and in the property of Ibsen’s family until 1920
Case: 14k gold, inside floor stamped with master’s mark "CMWS" incuse referring to jewelers to the court Carl Martin Weisshaupt & Söhne in Hanau, standard mark 14, and with Hanau city mark; the flange is inscribed with the inventory number 2962.
Cartouche-shaped, baroque-style, hinged box with beautiful oval, translucent red enamel medallion with crowned cyphers "CR" (Christian Rex) and ordinal "IX"; the medallion is surrounded by six large, set diamonds and chased and engraved foliage on a sable ground. The curving walls are lavishly moulded and the base is chased and engraved.
According to the consignor, the snuffbox was a present given by King Christian IX to the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It was bought in the 1920s by the mother and the grandmother of the consignor in a shop in Larvik in Norway; the two ladies were told that the snuffbox had been the property of Ibsen’s family. It was quite common that kings gave magnificent gifts such as this box as diplomatic presents or in honour of outstanding service. A similar royal snuffbox is kept in the Amalienborgmuseet (Museum Amalienborg) in Copenhagen.
Christian IX (born April 8, 1818 at Castle Gottorf in Schleswig, died January 29, 1906 at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen) became King of Denmark in 1863. He was the first monarch of the House of Glücksburg, which still holds the Danish throne today. His many descendants and their marriages to members of other European royal houses earned him the sobriquet "father-in-law of Europe".
Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_IX., as of 09/28/2020
Henrik Johan Ibsen (born March 20, 1828 in Skien, died May 23, 1906 in Christiania) was a Norwegian playwright and theatre director. As one of the founders of modernism in theatre, Ibsen is often referred to as "the father of realism" and one of the most influential playwrights of his time.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrik_Ibsen, as of 09/28/2020.
The company Carl Martin Weishaupt was founded in 1801 in Hanau; after the death of Carl Martin Weishaupt in 1837 it was renamed to "C. M. Weishaupt und Söhne". Originally the company specialized in the making of precious boxes; in 1851 Weishaupt was awarded the medal of the council at the World Exhibition in London for his work, in Paris he received a bronze medal.


17.00023.000 €
Price realized
18.800 €