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Louis XV French Gold Snuffbox by Germain Chayé
- This rare 18th-century gold snuff box was created by goldsmith Germain Chayé
- Chayé was one of the most respected members of the goldsmiths guild in his day
- This box features magnificent guilloché and tracery work
- Chayé's pieces are found in the Louvre, the MET, and Waddesdon Manor
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The taking of snuff was a highly regarded social ritual among the European elite. Snuffbox manufacturers were regarded as artists, creating and designing these elegant little boxes using fine metals, gemstones, and other luxurious materials. Particularly in the 18th century, fine gold objects became wildly popular amongst high society. These exquisite snuffboxes, thereby, 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. Snuff boxes, also known as “tabatières”, have become some of the most desirable collectibles in recent years.
Bears the mark of Germain Chayé, Paris, circa 1755
2 5/8" wide x 2" deep x 1 1/4" high