A very old black lacquered snuff box with delicate hand painted designs on the face of gold flower and leaves. It has a very artistic sensibility.
There is also a gold band around the lip. The base material is a Papier-mâché, and then lacquered inside and out. The lid opens easily.
2 5/8” (6.7 cm) diameter x 5/8” (1.6 cm) tall. Weighs .7 oz (19.7 g)
There are light scratches on the surface throughout, and especially on the base. The edge of the base has one large lacquer loss with a couple of smaller losses. There are small lacquer losses around the fittings edges, as well. The inner flange on the base has a chip out with other small chips. There are craze lines on the gold design and on the black lacquer surface.
An old snuff box with a very rich decoration, with age and history.
French Paper Mache Snuff Box 18th/19th Century