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Snuffbox

Maker:
D. B., Stettin, Germany
Date:
1765–70
Culture:
German, Berlin
Medium:
Gold, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl, ivory
Dimensions:
1-7/8 x 3-3/4 x 2-3/4 in. (4.8 x 9.5 x 7.0 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1243
Not on view
Appreciated for its intense blue color enriched with shimmering bits of pyrite, lapis lazuli was long mined exclusively in Afghanistan until deposits were discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia during the eighteenth century. The frame of this snuffbox consists of four different tones of gold, which were achieved by alloying the gold with small amounts of other metals
Marking: [1] (see image) (maker's mark)
[2] crowned griffin's head (Stettin town mark)
[3] N incuse (date letter, undetermined year)
[4] eagle's head in single outline (Paris restricted warranty mark for gold, 1838-47)

Location of marks:
[1] - [3] inside bottom
[4] on right end bezel and right end rim of cover
J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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