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Provisions for the Convent

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17th/18th century silver snuff box, the hinged lid inset with a large sheet of nacre finely engraved with the scene of a monk approaching a convent carrying a sheaf of wheat that conceals a young woman. The source for this satirical scene, popular for much of the eighteenth century was probably a mezzotint published by Carington Bowles in around the 1760's. In turn, this engraved lid is something of an update; the original piece of shell has been turned over offering a clean surface for this more topical image. The original engraved scene, now quite worn hence the repurposing of the nacre, maybe allegorical or perhaps the story of the Good Samaritan.

The box dating from circa 1690. Engraved to the base S*L.

3.25 in x 2.5 in 

 

 
 

Item Code: 5229

£ 1300

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