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Snuffbox with Engraved Scenes
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Snuffbox with Engraved Scenes


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Rendered on the faces of the box are scenes of courting couples. Niello, an alloy of silver, copper, and lead, was rubbed into the engraved scenes and then fired. The darkened areas remained in the depressions when the piece was polished. This technique, dating from the Renaissance, was revived in Russia during the 17th century.
Conservation

Cleaned to remove silver tarnish; coated in cellulose nitrate lacquer to inhibit further tarnish.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969TreatmentCleaned
12/01/1951Treatmentcleaned
6/20/1959Treatmentcleaned; coated
1/12/1986Examinationexamined for condition
1/01/1987Treatmentcleaned; stabilized
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions On underside: УΒФ АЄГ 1769 / A •[illegible]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1769
Medium
silver, niello
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.720
Measurements
1 1/8 x 2 5/16 in. (2.8 x 5.9 cm)
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