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18th Century Rococo Rose, Yellow Gold Diamond, Ruby Agate Snuff Box, circa 1740



Exquisite 18th Century two color gold mounted diamond and ruby encrusted figured agate snuff box, France, circa 1740. Complex, flaring shape in the form of a garden basket of flowers, with gold, silver set diamond and ruby flower decoration on the top of the cover, heightening the effect of the form. Translucent, fine figured agate body, old European cut gemstones. The base and side rims are in yellow gold, while the top is in rose gold with the diamonds set in silver for dramatic effect. In the 18th century, snuff enjoyed popularity similar to today's aromatherapy. The production of fine snuff was a lengthy process which included fermentation and the blending of scents or flavors akin to fine wine and spirits production. Varieties of flavors such as exotic spices, fruit, floral and mentholated or medicinal blends were among the most sought after. In the 18th century, snuff became the product of choice among the nobility. It featured prominently in social etiquette and the ownership of a beautiful, luxurious snuff box became a must. Marvelous examples were produced by the best jewelers to delight their discerning clients and snuff boxes became important diplomatic gifts. Prominent snuff aficionados included Pope Benedict XIII, Lord Nelson, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, Benjamin Disraeli, the Duke of Wellington and George III's wife Queen Charlotte who famously had an entire room in Windsor Castle devoted to her snuff stockpile. This elegant snuff box would certainly have been created for a member of the aristocracy. It is in remarkable condition for it's age. Unmarked, tested for 14K gold.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 0.87 in. (22 mm)Width: 1.58 in. (40 mm)Depth: 1.42 in. (36 mm)
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  • Date of Manufacture
    18th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1887211607842

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