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Tobacco box

Date:
1781
Culture:
Dutch
Medium:
Brass, copper
Dimensions:
1 7/16 x 6 5/8 x 2 5/16 in. (3.7 x 16.8 x 5.9 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Brass
Credit Line:
Gift of C. Gustave Mourraille, in memory of his sister, Miss M. Mathilde Mourraille, 1957
Accession Number:
57.108.15
Not on view
This box is oblong with rounded ends. The lid has openwork decoration in brass against a copper ground. A harlequin and two smaller musicians in the background are surrounded by pierced scroll and fretwork decoration.

The underside shows a dancing woman surrounded by the same pierced scroll and fretwork ornament.

Inscribed on front edge of cover, I. W. B.; dated 1781 on front side, among leaf scrolls. The initials and date were probably added at a later time.

With lined rims. The brass sides are engraved with leaf scrolls, the decoration of the rounded ends consists of small squares.

Two openwork tobacco boxes were sold at Christie’s in Amsterdam: on May 24, 1985, lot 368, and on September 12-13, 1985, lot 352.
Inscription: Engraved on front edge of cover: I W B; engraved on front side: 1 7 8 1
C. Gustave Mourraille (until 1957; to MMA)
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