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Box

Box

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Picque, inlaid tortoise-shell with gold and silver

  • Credit Line:

    Griffin Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.264-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 20

Physical description

Snuff box of tortoiseshell inlaid with two colours of gold and silver, oval with a flat hinged lid. The lid is bordered by rococo strapwork framing a scene showing a soldier chasing a duck with a sabre in a landscape. The remainder of the box is inlaid at intervals with foliage and flowers.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1750-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Picque, inlaid tortoise-shell with gold and silver

Marks and inscriptions

Three illegible marks struck on the rim mount

Dimensions

Length: 3.5 in, Width: 2 in

Descriptive line

Snuff box, tortoiseshell inlaid with gold and silver, France, 1750-1800.

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
Silver and yellow gold have been combined with red gold to depict a hunting scene. Red or "rose" gold is produced by mixing a little copper with gold. [26/11/2002]

Materials

Tortoise shell; Gold; Silver

Techniques

Inlay

Subjects depicted

Foliage; Flowers; Soldier; Strapwork; Landscape

Categories

Metalwork; Containers

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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