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Toilet or Snuff Box

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T772
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1600 - 1700

Notes

This highly carved pearwood box with silver hinge was made in France around 1675-1700. There has been some controversy regarding the purpose of this box. It has been described variously as a snuff, trinket, or even a sweetmeat box. However, there is very little visible sign of wear and tear, so it is probable that this box was made to a special commission and was more decorative than functional. The crispness of carving shows a great amount of technical skill and it would certainly have been the work of a master craftsman.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
Medium:Turned, carved. Pearwood .
Material(s):Brass
Place of Origin:Nancy, France

Dimensions

Height:4 cm
Diameter:11 cm