A nice antique French early 19th century papier mache snuff box?
Low profile circular shaped box, black lacquered with a dark sepia image on the top of a nobleman and soldiers.
At the bottom the artwork is entitled La Clémence, probably after the illustrations for Cinna ou la Clémence d'Auguste which was a French tragedy written by Pierre Corneille for the Théâtre du Marais in 1641.
The tragedy sets itself in early Rome but with ideas from the age of Louis XIV, mostly about the Royal powers over nobility and the subject of clemency.
The snuff box as with many of the early French boxes has a humorous undertone in that within its image it appears that one soldier is holding the other back, to prevent him from hurting the other man.
In the original image they were begging at the feet of royalty, so it takes a satirical twist on the subject of Royal powers.
Good overall with signs of wear and use, some crazing to the lacquer, a few small chips and nicks, some scuffs and surface wear, commensurate with age.
C1800-1815, French make.
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