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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries

Snuff Box

ca. 1700 (made)
Artist/Maker

This snuff box is made from tortoiseshell inlaid with mother-of-pearl, gilt-brass wire and ivory stained green. This technique of inlaid tortoiseshell is known as piqué work. A rather crudely engraved plaque on the lid depicts the classical gods Mars and Venus.

Snuff boxes were a vital dress accessory in 18th century Europe and sophisticated owners boasted boxes in the latest fashions. A complex etiquette surrounded the taking of snuff, which was a preparation of tobacco for inhaling through the nostrils.


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Materials and Techniques
Tortoiseshell, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, gilt-brass wire, stained ivory, and silver-gilt hinges
Brief Description
Snuff box, tortoise-shell, in escalloped form inlaid with mother-of-pearl and stained ivory. On the lid rudely engraved plaque of Mars and Venus Silver gilt chased hinge.
Physical Description
Tortoise-shell, escalloped form inlaid with mother-of-pearl, gilt-brass wire and stained ivory. On the lid rudely engraved plaque of Mars and Venus Silver gilt chased hinge.
Gallery Label
Silver Gallery: This snuff box is made from tortoiseshell inlaid with mother-of-pearl, gilt-brass wire and ivory stained green. A rather crudely engraved plaque on the lid shows Mars and Venus.(26/11/2002)
Subjects depicted
Summary
This snuff box is made from tortoiseshell inlaid with mother-of-pearl, gilt-brass wire and ivory stained green. This technique of inlaid tortoiseshell is known as piqué work. A rather crudely engraved plaque on the lid depicts the classical gods Mars and Venus.



Snuff boxes were a vital dress accessory in 18th century Europe and sophisticated owners boasted boxes in the latest fashions. A complex etiquette surrounded the taking of snuff, which was a preparation of tobacco for inhaling through the nostrils.
Collection
Accession Number
584-1854

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record createdFebruary 9, 2004
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