Antique Mother of Pearl & Gilt Snuff Box-Late 18th Century

Late 18th. Century Mother of Pearl and gilt snuff box. Cut panels of luminous pearl surround the box and are framed with gilt trim in a shell and scroll pattern. The lid is lightly engraved and carved in a floral motif.

The box was acquired in England; however, it could be of French origin. The French did make snuff boxes in a wide variety of materials; tortoiseshell, mother of pearl, horn, wood, papier-mache, and stone.

Circa 1795

Condition; good antique condition, the shell has a pinpoint hole, 2 small chips and a hairline crack. The gilt over a base metal has wear as expected for the age of the piece.

Measurements; 2" in diameter X 1 ΒΌ" high

Item ID: 2090060

$350 USD

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