Image features a rectangular snuffbox with hinged lid decorated with inlaid mother-of-pearl fragments arranged to depict Cupid with small wings and holding a golden arrow, amid chased and inlaid gold scrollwork and grapevines. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
The Subtle and Stylish Sophistication of the Snuffbox
Small enough to hold in one’s palm and ornate enough to catch the eye of a passerby, this snuffbox is a combination of exquisite craftsmanship and subtle status symbol, as such containers often were in 18th-century Europe. The box is attributed to Johann Martin Heinrici, a Swiss artisan who worked at the famed Meissen porcelain...