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Snuffbox with Voltaire and Rousseau
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Snuffbox with Voltaire and Rousseau

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Description The busts of the celebrated philosophers François-Marie Arouet Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, rendered in ivory, have been applied to the lid of a papier-mâché box tinted to resemble maple wood. A wooden box in the British Museum with similar portraits is said to commemorate the deaths of the two men, both of whom died in 1778.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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early 19th century
ivory reliefs on papier-mâché
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (1.9 x 9.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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