Black marble snuffbox, associated with Frederick the Great of Prussia

Black marble snuffbox, associated with Frederick the Great of Prussia

Black marble snuffbox, associated with Frederick the Great of Prussia
Germany
About 1765
Black marble, gold and hardstones
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.422-2008

The decoration of this box places it within the group of boxes associated with Frederick the Great of Prussia. While not set with diamonds, as are many others within this group, its encrusted hardstone flowers parallel those on the more lushly decorated box in the Louvre, Paris, and the engraved gold work is strikingly similar to that of the chrysoprase and mother of-pearl boxes, also found in this selection of boxes from the Gilbert Collection.

This oblong-shaped snuffbox comprises of eight panels of black marble encrusted with bouquets of hardstone flowers. The panels are gold bordered with scrolls, shells and foliage decorated using a hammer and a sharp tool in a method called chasing.