Pill or Snuff Box

Pill or Snuff Box



attributed to Feodor Ivanovich Rückert

(Russian, 1840-1917)


House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842–1918)

Silver gilt and enamel

Diameter: 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.466


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Around 1900, ladies often carried little boxes for medicines, a pinch of snuff, or cosmetic patches for the face.


Fabergé’s craftsmen in Moscow became known for their work in the pan-Slavic or neo-Russian taste, hearkening back to 17th-century styles of Russian folk decoration. This little box for pills, snuff, or cosmetic patches follows on in this style with its scene of a romantic ride in the quintessential mode of Russian transportation, a horse-drawn sleigh or troika.

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