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Snuff Box (possibly Germany), ca. 1745–1755

This is a Snuff box. It was made by J. M. Heinrici. It is dated ca. 1745–1755 and we acquired it in 1995. Its medium is inlaid gold and mother-of-pearl, chased gilt-metal, enamel. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This box is said to have been a gift to the Count de Leopold de Kolowrat from Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria. Inlaid mother-of-pearl adds level of shimmering iridescence to the box.

This object was donated by The Panwy Foundation, Inc.. It is credited Gift of the Panwy Foundation, from the collection of Maria Wyman.

Its dimensions are

Overall: 6 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm (2 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 9/16 in.)

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Snuff Box (possibly Germany), ca. 1745–1755; Made by Johann Martin Heinrici (Swiss, 1711 - 1786); inlaid gold and mother-of-pearl, chased gilt-metal, enamel; Overall: 6 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm (2 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 9/16 in.); Gift of the Panwy Foundation, from the collection of Maria Wyman; 1994-129-5

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Iridescence.

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