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Tobacco box

Object Number: 
1937.1261
Date: 
ca. 1760
Medium: 
Brass, copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. ( 3.2 x 15.6 x 4.8 cm )
Marks: 
embossed: top: "PROTE/FOR/IDE/GEORGIUS III REX ANGLIAE/EX PUGNA....ASTAT" and "FREDERICUS REX BORUSSIA/P & O GLORIA ET" ; bottom : "FRIDERICUS BORRUSSORUX REX/LOWOSITZ/PRAG/DEIN NAHME IST GENUG SIEALLE ZU BESIEGEN/JETZT WELB DIE GANZE WELT SCHON DEINES KR
Description: 
Copper-sided oblong box with hinged brass lid die-stamped portraits of George III and Frederick the Great with coat of arms and allegorical figures and on brass base, Frederick the Great, eagle in round cartouches and scrolling cartouches with battle scenes.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
Collections of the Countess von Holstein-Rathlou The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group