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A gold-mounted carved shell snuff box, German or Southern Italian, circa 1735
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536
A gold-mounted carved shell snuff box, German or Southern Italian, circa 1735
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Style: European Silver, Ceramics, and Objects of Vertu

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A gold-mounted carved shell snuff box, German or Southern Italian, circa 1735
cartouche form, the lid with a domed panel carved in cameo with Judith and the head of Holofernes, the base carved with the judgment of Solomon, within broad gold mounts, the interior of the lid with a later miniature on ivory of a quayside subject, unmarked
6 cm., 2 3/8 in. wide
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Catalogue Note

The Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes was often taken to illustrate an allegory of man's misfortunes at the hands of a scheming woman rather than the more modern interpretation of the story as the victory of an empowered woman over her oppressors. In this particular case, the second reading would be more appropriate since it is seen in conjunction with the story of the judgment of Solomon, which is clearly to be read as an allegory of Justice.

Style: European Silver, Ceramics, and Objects of Vertu

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London