Sep 10, 2008
Sep 10, 2008

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


Did you know?

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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