German Mother of Pearl Snuff Box

  • Inlays of multi-colored mother-of-pearl cover each side of this breathtaking German snuff box
  • Finely engraved yellow gold mountings frame each panel
  • Snuff boxes that featured exotic and precious materials from around the world were highly desired
  • This small treasure is a masterful example of the luxury arts of the era
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Item No. 29-9580

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Magnificent layers and inlays of multi-colored mother-of-pearl cover each side of this breathtaking German snuff box. Each incredibly detailed scene is framed by finely engraved yellow gold. This opulent treasure is a perfect example of the impeccable level of craftsmanship afforded to these luxurious miniature works of art during the 18th-century. Snuff boxes, also known as tabatiéres, have become some of the most desirable collectibles in recent years. 

The taking of snuff was a highly regarded social ritual among the European elite. Snuff box manufacturers were regarded as artists, creating and designing these elegant little boxes using fine metals, gems and other luxurious materials. They were among a gentleman’s most expensive and elegant personal effects, and soon became collector’s items. Wealthy and fashionable men would have a fair number of them and often offered them as gifts.  

Circa 1750

3 1/8" wide x 1 7/8" deep x 1 3/4" high
Inlays of multi-colored mother-of-pearl cover each side of this breathtaking German snuff box
Period: 18th Century
Origin: Germany
Type: Snuff/Tobacco Boxes
Depth: 1.88 Inches
Width: 3.13 Inches
Height: 1.75 Inches

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