Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Snuffbox

Date:
late 19th century
Culture:
Russian, Saint Petersburg
Medium:
Gold, enamel, diamonds
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 7/8 × 2 5/8 in. (9.8 × 6.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1023
Not on view
Sparkling diamonds and bold red enamel create a luminous backdrop, highlighting the central oval under the imperial crown with the Cyrillic cipher of Czar Nicholas II (1868–1918). The box was likely a gift of the imperial household or government to reward
a special service to the Russian empire. Gan owned a workshop in Saint Petersburg that was famous for the exceptional quality of gold enameling.
Marking: [1] CB within an oval
[2] Russian letters within an oval
[3] man's head?
[4] 56v
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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