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The Dream

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An English snuffbox, the lid finely painted by Samuel Raven with a scene of two young women lying naked asleep on a bed, a cupid in the window aiming his arrow. Signed in green script to the painting, lower circumference 'S. Raven'. English circa 1820.

Samuel Raven was a painter who worked in Birmingham and specialized in painting such miniatures to decorate small boxes made in papier-mâché. At first he had worked for a manufacturer of papier-mâché, but by the time he decorated this box he was buying in blanks, decorating them and selling them on his own account. 

The source for this image is a miniature painting by Moses Haughton Jr. printed in 1820 by Robert W. Sievier.

dia: 4 in x 13/16 in

 

Item Code: 3305

£ 1150

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