In 18th century European court culture,snuff boxes were all the rage. Bonhams is calling the collection of 80 European porcelain examples that it’s selling on July 5th in London the most important ever to be assembled. The standout lot is a box with a detailed Dresden landscape on its inside lid, estimated at $160,000-$240,000.
In the past this collection has been exhibited at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (1972-2000), along with the Gilbert Collection in Somerset House (2003-2008), and also at the Bowes Museum in Country Durham, U.K. The fully tally for the auction is expected to be $1.28m-$1.6m.
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