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Patch box - Patch-box with floral motifs and animals

Patch-box with floral motifs and animals

  • Object:

    Patch box

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    first half of the 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory, pressed horn and gilt openwork

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an oval patch-box made in the 18th century France. The box is made of pressed horn and has ivory rim and gilt openwork plate in lid.
Ivory combs, together with mirror cases, boxes and gravoirs for parting the hair, formed an essential part of the trousse de toilette or étui (dressing case) of the typical wealthy lady or gentleman in the period. The two leading cities for ivory carving were Paris and Dieppe. Luxury items, such as combs were often made in Paris, especially during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. During the seventeenth century Dieppe became increasingly significant for small-scale sculpture in ivory, perhaps because it was a port.

Physical description

This oval patch-box of pressed horn with an inset gilt openwork panel of floral motifs and two dogs or wolves, has an ivory rim.

Place of Origin

France (made)


first half of the 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ivory, pressed horn and gilt openwork


Width: 7.9 cm, Height: 2 cm

Object history note

Given by the Rev. R. Brooke in 1864.

Descriptive line

Patch box, horn with ivory rim, French, first half of 18th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1864. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 5
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 257, p. 271


Ivory; Horn; Gold


Pressing; Gilding

Subjects depicted



Personal accessories; Containers


Sculpture Collection

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