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GOOD>MID-18TH CENTURY DUTCH PIERCED & ENGRAVED BRASS TOBACCO BOX

North Holland, c1740-70

 

 

Heavy gauge, of elongated rectangular form with canted corners, the hinged cover

with pierced foliate decoration reserved with four figural roundels, featuring left to right :

 

"Fortuna" with a globe (good fortune)

mother with children (love)

lady with an anchor (hope)

lady with a cross (faith)

 

siding a central square tablet with a Biblical inscription :

 

"IK HOOP DOOF 'T GELOOF EN LIEFDE KRAGTIG 'T FORTUYN KOMT VAN GOT ALMAGTIG" "

(I hope through powerful faith and love. Good fortune comes from God Almighty)

 

 

the verso with a reclining nude sided by 2 trumpeting cherubs within a scrolling foliate border

 (the engraving rubbed); collector's catalog number on the interior

 

Condition :

Apart from wear to the intricate engraving verso, in excellent condition; well done silver repair to the left end of lid,

and a spot of silver on the right end, visible in images;

some silver solder enforcement to the interior bottom seam, not visible on the exterior; base band with repair

 

Note :

A quite similar box is in the Pipe Museum, Amsterdam, the female roundels in a different order :

Literature :  Duco, Don, The Dutch tobacco box.
Amsterdam :  Pijpenkabinet Foundation, 2012.
cat. 23 This copy.
Exhibition: Amsterdam, Dutch Tabacologisch Niemeyer Museum, showcase 4

(see illustration below)

 

A 1736 silver box of the same theme, but depicting bakery scenes, was in the collection of

B.W.G. Wttewaall, illustrated Nederlands Klein Zilver, Abcoude, 2003, pp. 243-244, ill. 755;

selling in The Wttewaal Collection, Sale 2767, 10 December 2007 Amsterdam

 

1.5” High x 2-3/8" High x  6” Long

8.7 oz.

 

#6688

 

SOLD

 

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Similar Example in the Pipe Museum, Amsterdam

 

 

Also See :

 

 

George III Brass Tobacco Box & Pipe Carrier
England c1790, with three compartments

Engraved with N Hunt, Dover, and a Beadle (after Mr. Bumble, "Oliver Twist")

 

 


 

 

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 Good Pierced and Engraved Dutch Brass Tobacco Box, c1740-70