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Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German
Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German
Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German
Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German
Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German
Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German
Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German
Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German
Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German

Antique Painting Snuff Box, Eglomise Tavern Scene Portrait Miniature, Belgian or German

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The entire snuff box is carved of burled wood, topped with a quite unusual back-painted convex glass (eglomise) which is a technically difficult way to do a painting in that you literally paint the frontmost aspects of the painting and layer backwards instead of the other way. Quite a talent to have done this wonderful tiny painting. Quaint little work of art. The mount in pressed brass rather than gold, and I think the entirety dates comfortably to mid-late 1800s.

Very good to excellent condition for age or type. Beautiful wood, lathe-turned The mount has been reattached at some point and shows a little residue of what I fear is glue holding it in place. I consider that it's only flaw apart from a loosening of the painting from the glass up toward the top of the scene (see images). Still, so rare - I've never found another eglomise snuff box. A collection must!