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Tobacco box

Maker:
Johann Heinrich Giese (1716–1761, active 1756)
Date:
ca. 1760–65
Culture:
German, Iserlohn
Medium:
Brass, copper
Dimensions:
1 1/2 × 6 3/4 × 2 in. (3.8 × 17.1 × 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Brass
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Lucy w. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
89.2.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
Signature: Top: JOH(annes) • HEN(ricus) • GIESE / FECIT / ISERLON; bottom: I. H. GIESE. ISERLON / FECIT

Inscription: [top, medallion, bust, profile of Frederick the Great in uniform and wig, with legend in margin]: FREDERICUS MAGNUS BORRUSS (iae) REX [trans.: Frederick the Great, King of Prussia]; [in top cartouche, surmounted by crowned eagle with laurel bough in beak, the King at the head of his army directing the assault of a city, with legend]: FAMA INGENS / INGENTIOR ARMIS / [trans.: Mighty in Fame, Mightier in Arms] VIRG. EN. XI. v. 124; [lower cartouche, the Royal Arms of Prussia, with motto]: PRO GLORIA ET PATRIA [trans.: For Glory and Fatherland); [bottom, medallion, portrait 3/4 length, almost full face, Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, in hat and uniform, his right hand resting on a cane; below, in separate cartouche, legend]: FERDINANDUS / DUX / BRUNV(icensis) • LUNES(urgensia) • IMPERATOR EXERCITUUM / FOEDERAT(orum) • SUMMUS [trans.: Ferd. D. of Brunswick-Luneburg, Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Armies]; [top cartouche, the Battle of Minden with legend]: VICTORIA / FOEDERATORUM / GALLIS DEVICTIS / MINDAE / 1759, 1 Aug [trans.: Victory of the Allies, Rout of the French, at Minden, Aug. 1, 1759); [lower cartouche, the White Horse of Hanover (Dukes of Brunswick-Luneberg of same family as present English line).]
Lucy W. Drexel (until 1889; to MMA)
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