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Jean Georges (or George) (master 1752, died 1765)
Date: 1759–62Accession Number: 17.190.1125
Mathieu Coiny fils (born 1723, master 1755, recorded 1788)
Date: 1759–60Accession Number: 17.190.1191
Daniel Govaers (or Gouers) (master 1717, active 1736)
Date: 1734–35Accession Number: 48.187.419
Louis-Philippe Demay (master 1758, died 1772)
Date: 1766–67Accession Number: 17.190.1200
Date: ca. 1740Accession Number: 1974.356.551
Jean Ducrollay (born 1709, master 1734, recorded 1760)
Date: 1753–54Accession Number: 17.190.1161
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This alcove gallery houses many of the Metropolitan's finest eighteenth-century French gold boxes. Small boxes intended to hold snuff (powdered tobacco) were considered objects of luxury and status in Europe throughout the eighteenth century. Sniffing the finely ground tobacco was regarded as a fashionable habit, and the quality of the box one carried conveyed one's social standing. Boxes were produced in a wide variety of materials; those made in gold were the most desirable.
Also exhibited are other luxury objects intended for personal use, such as cylindrical gold cases containing grooming utensils or sealing wax, small rectangular cases housing writing implements, and fans.
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