A RARE PARCEL-GILT STEEL SNUFF BOX

TULA, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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A RARE PARCEL-GILT STEEL SNUFF BOX
TULA, LATE 18TH CENTURY
Cartouche-shaped, the hinged cover and inside cover decorated with amorous bas-relief scenes against a gilt ground, the sides and base similarly decorated with musicians and musical instruments, all within rocaille borders, with a rocaille-shaped thumb-piece, unmarked
3 in. (7.5 cm.) wide