389
389
Probably South Netherlandish, circa 1730
SNUFF BOX WITH SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF DAVID
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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389
Probably South Netherlandish, circa 1730
SNUFF BOX WITH SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF DAVID
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Probably South Netherlandish, circa 1730
SNUFF BOX WITH SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF DAVID
mother-of-pearl, gold mounts
8.6 by 6.6cm., 3 3/8  by 2 5/8 in. 
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Catalogue Note

The cover represents David tending his sheep before his fight with Goliath (First book of Samuel, Chapter 17, verses 34-37), while the base represents David seeing Bathsheba for the first time bathing (Second book of Samuel, Chapter 11, verses 2-4). It is very unusual for such snuff boxes to be mounted in gold as they are usually with silver mounts. The carving of the cover is also very unusual to be in such high relief; the carving on the base is in lower relief to help the box to stand balanced. Conversely, the carving of the lid acts as a support so that the excellent carving on the base can be properly viewed and admired. Another mother-of-pearl example similarly carved with biblical scenes - the destruction of Pharaoh's Army in the Red Sea - and considered to be Netherlandish, is in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (illustrated by A. Kenneth Snowman, Eighteenth Century gold boxes of Europe, pl. 876, p. 399.)

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