Late eighteenth - early nineteenth century Canton tortoiseshell snuff box.

£1,185.00

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A late eighteenth - early nineteenth century Canton tortoiseshell snuff box.

This rare carved tortoiseshell snuff box was produced in Canton, China towards the end of the eighteenth century or the early part of the nineteenth. It is likely to have entered Europe through France, as Canton was a major Port for trade with the French at this period and sailors waiting for ships to be loaded often aquired such items as keepsakes. This fine example shows a boat coming up a river into a garden, with trees figures and pavilions. The sides and base are also profusely carved with similar decoration. The cased hinge is tested.

   This rare and fine example of Canton carved tortoiseshell is 6.8 cm long, 4.8 cm wide and stands 2 cm high. (Measurements approximate). It is in fine condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.