French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box
French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box
French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box
French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box
French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box
French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box
French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box

French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box

1800 to 1900 France

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A French Erotic Painted and Lacquered Papier Maché Snuff Box the Lid Decorated with a Lady of Fashion the Secret Inner Lid Lifting to Reveal Two Couples in Close Amorous Embrace
Circa 1840 – 60

Size: 9cm dia. 2cm high – 3½ ins dia. ¾ ins high
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 12, item no. 17, for a maple wood French erotic snuff box
During the later decades of the 19th century sex became a ‘hidden’ activity associated with moral dissipation and disgrace. It was popularly believed that the fall of the Roman Empire was directly attributable in a large degree to their sexual excess. In fact, in antiquity, they were merely less reticent in talking about and depicting sexual matters.
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Lacquer, Brass
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