Jeweled Snuffbox

German, Berlin

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 951

Elaborately jeweled in multi-colored floral motifs, this snuffbox was probably commissioned by Frederick II of Prussia (1712-87), along with a group of 125 works of similar design known as the “Potsdam boxes.” This is the only glass-bodied piece. The design of all of the boxes have been attributed to the English-born artist Guillaume George Krüger, who was active in Berlin between 1753 and 1774.

Jeweled Snuffbox, Glass, gold, silver, diamonds and rubies, German, Berlin

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