Johann Christian Neuber (1736-1808), Court Jeweller in Dresden, specialised in creating Galantariewaren (useful but precious objects) which combined locally-mined hardstones with delicate work in gold. As Jean-Auguste Lehninger, a visitor to Dresden, wrote in 1782: 'Chez le Sieur NEUBERT, Jouailler de la Cour, on trouve nombre de pierres rare et très belles, toutes sortes d'ouvrages de Jouaillerie et particulièrement un superbe assortiment de tabatières de pierres composées'. Neuber advertised a wide range of objects made from inlaid hardstones including boxes for ladies and gentlemen, cane handles, watch cases, chatelaines, and jewellery such as bracelets and rings. His distinctive style was popular both at court and with the many travellers who flocked to Dresden. Snuff boxes form the major part of Neuber's surviving works as they were less fragile than the smaller items such as this cane handle.
For comprehensive information on Neuber's life and work, see Alexis Kugel, Gold, Jasper and Carnelian: Johannn Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court, London, 2012.
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