Very old! From my longtime collection of snuff and patch boxes, this one is mid-18th century and retains both history art and charm. On one side of the pillow-form box you find a monogram P D, and on the other, 3 ducks peck at the bugs and frogs and fish along the bank of a stream, a lush-leafed tree behind them. So much detail in such a tiny carving! The scalloped form is very special, as well. In all, the depth is 1 1/4" and diameter is 2 1/2". Shown in final photos with a group so you can imagine scale and type. Louis XIV to XVI, not later, and from the carvers of Dieppe.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Amazing to have survived in such fine form, really, when you consider this material does often shrink and crack. There on the side with monogram (bottom half), you can see there is a little hairline from age, shrinkage and perhaps pressure of a thumb when closing the box. Otherwise, no chips or flaws - the slender inner lip is quite amazingly unscathed, as well. A real delight! One of my favorites of a lifetime of collecting.
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