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Louis XVI-Period Gold Snuff Box

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Item Details

  • Width:
    2 1/2" Inches
  • Height:
    1 1/2" Inches
  • Depth:
    1 7/8" Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
  • Origin:
    France
This Louis XVI-period oval snuff box crafted of rose, green and yellow gold is a work of proficient French artistry. All sides are etched and engraved with a neoclassical motif of urns and musical instruments.  Snuff containers like this were among the most fashionable luxury items in the 18th and 19th centuries. These magnificent status symbols were among a gentleman's most expensive and elegant personal effects, and soon became collector's items. By taking a pinch of snuff from a gold box, wealthy aristocrats could signify their taste, status, and wealth in a single gesture.  Popular throughout the courts, salons, and elite circles of Europe, snuff boxes were often exchanged as gifts. 

Marked Paris, 1774

2 1/2" wide x 1 7/8" deep x 1 1/2" high

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