Snuffbox

German (probably Dresden)
about 1760-1765


Object Place: Europe, Berlin, Germany

Dimensions

5.08 x 9.37 cm (2 x 3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

48.1333

Medium or Technique

Agate body, gold mounts, enamel decoration on rim.

On View

Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Boxes

Cartouche shaped. Top carved with cameo representation of Venus, Cupid & dolphin; shaped sides with baroque scrolled cartouches. Gold bezel on box and band on cover chased and set with enamel flowers on striated field; hinged across back & design partly on bezel. The underside of the hinged lid inset with a miniature painting of a woman and winged putto.

Provenance

Probably acquired in Europe by Delia Spencer (Mrs. Marshall) Field (b. 1854 - d. 1937), Paris and Washington, DC; by inheritance to her niece, Catherine Spencer Eddy (Mrs. Albert J.) Beveridge (b. 1881 - d. 1970), Beverly Farms, MA; 1948, gift of Mrs. Beveridge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1948)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge in memory of Delia Spencer Field