Antique Persian Hand Painted Mother of Pearl Silver Snuff Box

Antique Persian Hand Painted Mother of Pearl Silver Snuff Box


Handcrafted during the between 1900 and 1920, this silver box comes from what was once Persia, and is now modern-day Iran. This palm-sized box is oval-shaped and is decorated using a repoussé technique, in which the motif banding the box is shaped by hammering the design from the inside so that it protrudes on the outside. The lid of this box is a bezel-set mother of pearl shell, iridescent warm beige in color, bedecked with a hand-painted flora and fauna scene: two pairs of birds face each other as they are perched on budding branches above a swirled rose shape that sits in a bed of foliage.

Ornate and delicate, this antique box was once used for snuff. Use for keepsakes and small treasures, as a ring dish atop your bedside table or vanity, or to hold other jewels like earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. Gift to someone special in your life as an instant heirloom, or add to your collection of global finds, curiosities, and special odds and ends.

  • Maker: Unknown

  • Material: Silver tone metal, mother of pearl shell, enamel

  • Epoch: c. 1900-1920

  • Dimensions: 2.25”L x 1.5”W x .75”H

  • Procurement: Dallas, Texas

  • Origin: Persia (Iran)

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