A very decorative survivor from circa 1810 to 1820 England. The snuff box lid was painted by the very collectable English snuff box artist Samuel Raven 1775 -1847 who was patronized by British royalty. Raven was a landscape and animal painter who was the only artist of papier mache boxes to sign his work.
See Samuel Raven snuff boxes at the London’s National Portrait Gallery, V & A Museum, London etc. Ref: Yvonne Jones Book 'Jappaned papier mache and tinware c 1740 to 1940.
Please note that this is the hand painted lid only of a papier mache snuff box that was later framed in a Victorian ebonised circular frame.
The painting is a delight with so much detail and is probably after a Sir David Wilkie painting. We see an 18th century travelling salesman/merchant. He and his mule have stopped at a local inn for some liquid refreshment. He is drinking his pint of ale and his wares can be seen stacked on the pannier of his faithful mule. We see pewter plates in the basket. The inn is beautiful with some really lovely architectural detailing. We see Gothic arched windows, a wonderful curved porch with an acorn lantern hanging above. In the distance we see horsemen riding. To the interior of the lid painted in red is the following script
'S.Raven.Pinxt.Patronized by H.R.H the Duke of Sussex & Prince Leopold'
Lid dimensions: 3.5" or (9 cm) diameter. Frame size 5.75" (14.5 cm) diameter by 1.25" or (3 cm) deep.
Condition: The painted lid has surface aging as one would expect after 200 years, we see gentle stable crazing and general dulling. The slightly later Victorian circular frame has some old repaired damage at 12 o'clock.
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Antique Samuel Raven Snuff Box Lid Framed, Georgian C 1810 AF
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