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German Porcelain Snuff Box
German Porcelain Snuff Box
German Porcelain Snuff Box
German Porcelain Snuff Box
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German Porcelain Snuff Box

  • This unique German porcelain snuff box is composed with superb artistry
  • Crafted of the finest porcelain, it is hand-painted with a charming classical tableau
  • Gilt mounting perfectly complements the vibrant and playful scene
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$12,500
Item No. 29-4279

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Description
This important German porcelain snuff box exhibits delightful artistry and craftsmanship. Hand-painted classical tableau celebrating the exalted disciplines of art, architecture, music and astronomy adorn every surface of the small container, while gilt mounting beautifully complements the vibrant colors and intricate details.

Manufacturers of snuff boxes, as makers of one of the most fashionable luxury items during the 16th and 17th centuries, were regarded as artists. Master artisans created and designed these elegant little. . .
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This important German porcelain snuff box exhibits delightful artistry and craftsmanship. Hand-painted classical tableau celebrating the exalted disciplines of art, architecture, music and astronomy adorn every surface of the small container, while gilt mounting beautifully complements the vibrant colors and intricate details.

Manufacturers of snuff boxes, as makers of one of the most fashionable luxury items during the 16th and 17th centuries, were regarded as artists. Master artisans created and designed these elegant little boxes using fine metals, numerous rare and beautiful woods, porcelain, ivory, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, precious 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. The finer examples such as this are most desirable.

The taking of snuff was a highly regarded social ritual among the European elite. With notable exception, snuff and other forms of tobacco were condemned by such personages as King James I of England, who wrote a famous counterblast against the herb, and Czar Michael of Russia, who decreed in 1634 that snuff takers were to have their noses cut off. However, popularity of snuffing flourished, thanks to the curious habit of sneezing that rose among the privileged classes. Only the rich and idle, so it was believed, had the time to sneeze or could afford snuff. Sneezing became part of conversation. One sneezed as punctuation, to show disinterest, boredom or disapproval. As a result, anything "not to be sneezed at" was considered worthwhile.

Circa 1790

3 3/8” wide x 2 1/2” deep x 1 5/8” high
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German Porcelain Snuff Box
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Germany
Type: Boxes
Depth: 2.56 in. (6.51 cm)
Width: 3.38 in. (8.57 cm)
Height: 1.63 in. (4.13 cm)
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