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Size: 7cm dia. 3.5cm high – 2¾ ins dia. 1½ ins high
See Finch & Co catalogue no. 14, item no. 6, for an example of an Italian Piqué pose tortoiseshell casket
In the late 17th century four thousand refugee French Huguenot families settled in England, some of whom were distinguished piqué artists. They decorated many snuffboxes for their English customers during the 18th century in what was originally considered a ‘French style’. They later developed the use of mother-of pearl appliqué alongside piqué work creating picturesque arcadian scenes full of imagery on the lids of tortoiseshell snuffboxes.