Louis XVI Gold Snuff Box
Louis XVI Gold Snuff Box Louis XVI Gold Snuff Box Louis XVI Gold Snuff Box Louis XVI Gold Snuff Box
Louis XVI Gold Snuff Box

Louis XVI Gold Snuff Box

  • This luxurious multi-colored gold snuff box dates to the Louis XVI period
  • Crafted by the renowned Pierre Sevin, the box is fashioned in the Neoclassical taste
  • These elegant containers were popular among aristocrats, and were often given as gifts
  • Once considered status symbols, today gold snuff boxes are highly coveted for their artistry
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Item No. 30-7706
$19,850
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This remarkably rare Louis XVI oval tabatière, or snuff box, was crafted by the renowned Pierre Sevin of Paris. The vari-colored gold box embodies the elegant Neoclassical style that prevailed during King Louis XVI's reign. All sides are etched and engraved with a neoclassical motif of garlands, laurel wreaths, and flowers, while the lid is centered by a pair of lovebirds. Its exceptional craftsmanship sets this snuff-box apart as a truly extraordinary objet d'art.

Exquisitely crafted gold snuff boxes such as this were considered fashionable luxury items during the 18th and 19th centuries. These status symbols were among a gentleman's most expensive and elegant personal effects and were oftentimes given as gifts by kings and queens to show favor. By taking a pinch of snuff from a gold box, wealthy aristocrats could signify their taste, status, and wealth in a single gesture. Once popular throughout the courts, salons, and elite circles of Europe, snuff boxes such as this signify the extravagance and splendor of a bygone era.

Circa 1771

1 3/16" high x 2 13/16" wide x 2 1/16" deep
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:France
Type:Snuff/Tobacco Boxes
Material:Gold
Width:2 13/16 Inches
Height:1 3/16 Inches
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