French Palais Royale Gold Mounted Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Pocket Snuff Box
French Palais Royale Gold Mounted Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Pocket Snuff Box
French Palais Royale Gold Mounted Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Pocket Snuff Box
French Palais Royale Gold Mounted Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Pocket Snuff Box
French Palais Royale Gold Mounted Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Pocket Snuff Box
French Palais Royale Gold Mounted Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Pocket Snuff Box

French Palais Royale Gold Mounted Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Pocket Snuff Box

1800 to 1900 France

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A Fine French Palais Royale Gold Mounted Carved Mother of Pearl Shell Pocket Snuff Box Shaped as a small boat, a mermaid with a spiralling fish’s tail and long tresses carved as a figurehead to the bow, the lid carved with a scene of Faith holding an anchor surrounded by two cherubs, the gold hinge with engraved foliate designs.
Circa 1800-1820

Size: 1.6cm high, 7cm long, 3cm wide - ½ ins high, 2¾ ins long, 1¼ ins wide
This unusual and finely carved small snuffbox was made for a waistcoat pocket and perhaps for the use of a merchant ships captain or high-ranking naval officer. It was believed by sailors that high winds and gales at sea would subside if a naked woman appeared before them, and it is for this reason that so many of the figureheads of ships were carved with a woman with a bare breast.
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