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Snuffbox with Chinoiserie Motifs
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Snuffbox with Chinoiserie Motifs


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Imaginary Chinese and Japanese motifs ("chinoiseries") figured prominently in rococo decoration for much of the 18th century, as contacts between Europe and the Far East gradually increased. In this box, "chinoiserie" motifs in shell have been inlaid into mother-of-pearl panels.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
7/22/1986Loan Considerationexamined for loan
12/18/1986Examinationexamined for condition
12/18/1986Treatmentcleaned
7/22/2004Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Chinoiserie: The Chinese Influence. Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati. 1979.
  • Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
Provenance Paris, 1732-1738 [tax-paid stamp of the sous-fermier Hubert Louvet]; Sale, Christie's, London, February 22, 1912, no. 15; Harding [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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Period
1736-1737
Medium
mother-of-pearl, shell, gold
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.157
Measurements
1 1/8 x 2 7/16 in. (2.8 x 6.2 cm)
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Not On View

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