A bit unusual here, this well-used and well-loved 200 year old snuff box that holds a really fine pencil drawing on paper, watercolor accented . We normally see quite a different portrait miniature mount, painting, but I can tell you this one is so intimate and lovely. I have not taken it out to see if there is an artist's signature, but it might well be signed on the outer rim of the drawing, hidden by the brass mat. The glass covering it is original, slightly convex as is usually the case on the old snuff boxes. The old box is lathe turned wood which has lost some of the stain on the upper parts which have been well-rubbed in use over years. One can speculate that this snuff box shows the lover or mistress of a gentleman of the late 1700s to early 1800s. The gown and dress is a very intimate pose, capture, and indicates it would have romantic meaning to the owner of the snuff. Additionally, in a time when big poofy wigs were popular in fashion, she not only wears no wig, her hair is loosely falling down her back. Lovely!
Very good to excellent condition with a nod to that charming well-used missing stain around the rim. You can almost imagine the gentleman's hands caressing the lid as he turns and opens and pinches his snuff, tenderly gazing at the object of his love (or lust) as he does so. Very romantic, this one! No warp. The top fits snug, tight but not too tight - just as it was meant to do. No chips or cracks, no wood worm. Just fabulous. Measurements noted on photos.
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