John Obrisset, England, c1715-20







"OB" Mark (Upper Right)


The oval box with a molded tortoiseshell plaque with depicting a portrait of Charles I within a silver rim and hinge,

the shaped silver rimmed box opening to a mother of pearl base, the tortoiseshell signed "OB" for John Obrisset,

the silver mounts unmarked


The portrait is after the medal of 1670 by John Roettiers.  An oval horn box with this portrait is house in the Fitzwilliam Museum,

Cambridge, UK


John Obrisset was considered the premier maker of horn and tortoise boxes. He  was the son of an ivory carver

who emigrated to London from Dieppe, France with the Restoration. He was not recorded as a member of any of the

guilds, but his name (usually monogrammed OB) appears on many horn and tortoiseshell boxes of the late 17th and early

18th century. Obrisset specialized in portraits of English Monarchs from Charles I to George II, among other topics,

as mythology and four variants of a box with the name and Arms of Sir Francis Drake executed in 1712


For related information, see John Obrisset and His work in Horn & Tortoiseshell, Philip A.S. Phillips


2.9" Long






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Queen Anne / George I Pressed Horn Tobacco Box,  John Obrisset, c1712,   Charles I

George II Silver-Gilt & Agate Snuff Box

Queen Anne Horn Snuff Box,


Queen Anne Silver & Tortoiseshell

Snuff Box, Obrisset

George I Silver & Tortoiseshell Snuff Box,






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George I Silver-Mounted Tortoiseshell Snuff Box, John Obrisset, England, c1715-20, depicting Charles I