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Papier Mache Snuff Box

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An early 19th century papier-mâché snuff box, the lid decorated with a scene after the work by Peter Paul Rubens depicting the twins, Castor and Pollux, carrying off the Daughters of Leucippus; Cupid, the god of desire and erotic love, looks on from behind the black horse. The decoration is heavily painted over a printed base, the interior finished red, in imitation of the tortoiseshell often found to line similar, more expensive snuff boxes of the period. German, circa 1830. 


dia:3 7/8 in x 7/8 in


With thanks to Chris Coles for identifying the source of the image.


Item Code: 5128

£ 480

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