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A Snuff Box for the Ages

Gold, Jasper and Carnelian - A box of gold and semiprecious stones by Johann Christian Neuber, from around 1770-75, is in this show at the Frick Collection.


If you need a little box to hide a precious piece of jewelry, you pretty much can’t beat this. (Though it was originally used for snuff.)

Above is one of the gemstone snuffboxes created by the German goldsmith Johann Christian Neuber (1736-1808), working in Dresden, the cosmopolitan capital of Saxony. Nearly 30 of these boxes, generally no larger than the palm of a hand, dominate “Gold, Jasper and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court,” on view at the Frick Collection.

Check out some other amazing pieces at the New York  Times.