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Jean Georges (or George) (master 1752, died 1765)
Date: ca. 1761–62Accession Number: 17.190.1125
Daniel Govaers (or Gouers) (French, master 1717, active 1736)
Date: 1734–35Accession Number: 48.187.419
Jean Ducrollay (French, born 1709, master 1734, recorded 1760)
Date: 1753–54Accession Number: 17.190.1161
Date: ca. 1740Accession Number: 1974.356.551
Mathieu Coiny fils (born 1723, master 1755, recorded 1788)
Date: 1759–60Accession Number: 17.190.1191
Louis-Philippe Demay (master 1758, died 1772)
Date: 1766–67Accession Number: 17.190.1200
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Taking snuff (powdered tobacco) was a popular social ritual in eighteenth-century France, as revealed by the richness and the variety of boxes used for storing it. Snuffboxes were made in a wide range of materials, from relatively inexpensive porcelain to costly gold embellished with diamonds, lacquer, and other precious substances. Because of their prestige and intrinsic value, snuffboxes were frequently given by the king to those in his service as rewards or to ensure support. The other portable objects for personal use displayed here are cylindrical cases (étuis) that contained grooming utensils or sealing wax, and small rectangular cases (souvenirs) that held writing implements.
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