Title [Faux Book] Brass Tobacco Box, 18th Century, with Incised Illustrations of a Drinking and Smoking Burgher on the Front and Rear
Book Condition Very Good
Seller ID 005285
N.d., 18th century. 117 by 65 mm, and 25 mm thick. (Second dimension is at the widest.) We assume this box was intended for tobacco, or perhaps snuff, based on the illustrations, but obviously, it could have been used for other things, as it could now be so employed as well. The ribbing on the side, or the "spine", creates the illusion of raised bands. The slight irregularity of the indented lines is clearly the result of all this work having been done by hand, and this in turn strongly links this box with the eighteenth century, besides the illustrations and other elements of its construction. The incised illustrations are primitive in their perspective, detailing, simplicity and other distortions, yet nonetheless charming evocations of burgher hedonism. Both illustrations have brief incised captions in Dutch. The drinking scene's caption is "Aloe miyn lieven man", the tobacco scene, "Ick kriegh myn pyp niet aen." A touch of tarnishing. Edges with some bending.