Late 17th C Brass Tobacco Box, Scenes of Women Drinking
Very nice oval Dutch tobacco box of a form typical of the last part of the 17th century. Very well made with heavy gauge brass with engraved scenes on both sides of women drinking. There is a caption under each scene but I cannot translate from the Dutch. In researching it I found a very similar box in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City which is discussed in an article on the museum's collection of tobacco boxes by Daniėlle O. Kisluk-Grosheide, assistant curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, in the Metropolitan Museum Journal 23 published by the museum in 1988. The article suggests that the decoration showing two women may indicate that the box was made for the use of a woman. The same box is illustrated on page 177 of The Magazine Antiques, September 1966 issue, in an article on Brass Tobacco Boxes by Katherine Morrison McClinton.
On the inside of the lid are the remnants of what appears to be an enamel depiction of a man and a woman.
The box is 4⅞ inches long and 2½ inches wide. Height is ¾ of an inch. It is in very good condition with no signs of damage or repairs.
We purchased this box about a decade ago from an elderly antiquarian with "expert" status in the southwest of France,
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