Gold boxes, also known as snuff boxes, were a quintessential status symbol dating from the late 17th century. In this latest video, discover how these portable works of art began with a human weakness and hear how each item was a very personal object specific to the individual owner. Highlights offered in Sotheby’s upcoming sale A Treasury of Vertu: Important Gold Boxes from a Private Family Collection (10 December London) include an enamel gold jewelled snuff box, a rare gold snuff box with a hidden compartment, and several works intricately carved in the shape of animals. Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.
Gold Boxes | The Perfect Portable Works of Art
10 DECEMBER | LONDON