Snuffbox, Vienna, Hard-paste porcelain, gold, Austrian, Vienna

Snuffbox

Factory:
Vienna
Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
Date:
ca. 1730
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain, gold
Dimensions:
1 3/8 × 2 1/4 in. (3.5 × 5.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.267
Not on view
Since snuff use had become widespread throughout Europe in the eighteenth century, small portable, airtight containers for storing grated tobacco were in demand. Carried in the hand or a pocket, snuffboxes always had a hinged lid and were made of materials ranging from gold mounted with diamonds and precious stones to base metals. Porcelain examples such as this one were also fashionable.
Frederick Neuberg ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (by 1956–64; to MMA)