Snuff Box

Snuff Box

Jean Ducrollay

  • Year created: 1744
  • Creator: Jean Ducrollay
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Dimensions: 3.2 x 7.6 x 5.8 cm
  • Weight: 159.2 g
  • Gallery: Boudoir Cabinet

This magnificent snuff box is decorated in such a way that when the box is open the lid resembles a peacock’s tail in full display. Snuffboxes were used for containing snuff, a mixture of ground tobacco and scented oils, and were very popular in the 18th century when snuff-taking was fashionable. Highly decorated and valuable objects, they became collectors’ items in the 19th century.