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    Sale 5198

    Furniture, Carpets & Decorative Objects

    30 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 556

    A GROUP OF FOUR GERMAN PAPIER-MÂCHÉ SNUFF BOXES AND TWO CIGAR CASES

    MOSTLY BY THE STOBWASSER FACTORY, FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GROUP OF FOUR GERMAN PAPIER-MÂCHÉ SNUFF BOXES AND TWO CIGAR CASES
    MOSTLY BY THE STOBWASSER FACTORY, FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Three signed in red STOBWASSER FABRIK BRAUNSCHWEIGED, one depicting a mythological scene, on entitled 'The Declaration', and one of a naked maiden, the other depicitng a moral scene, a cigar box depicting a potrait of a woman, also stamped STOBWASSER and another of the Crystal Palace
    The cigar box -- 4¾in. (12cm.) long (6)


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    In the early 18th century the taking of snuff in courtly circles had developed its own culture. Small snuff-boxes of silver or gold, often set with precious stones, were an unattainable luxury for many, so the use of papier-mâché and lacquer created an acceptable substitute. The leader in the production of such boxes was Johann Heinrich Stobwasser of Lobenstein who opened his factory in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany in 1763. For almost a century it remained the most successful and most widely known producer of lacquered goods in Germany and beyond.

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