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Tobacco box

The box is oval; the lid shows an interior scene framed by brick walls. Two seated women, each with a glass, raise a toast to each other’s health. Inscribed below: Een glas bier is ons plasier (A glass of beer is our pleasure).

The underside depicts an almost identical scene with women similarly posed. Details of the clothing differs somewhat. Inscribed below: Bij de wijn kan men vrolijck sijn (With wine one can be merry). This box was most likely made for a female smoker.

With lined rims, molded edges, and leaf-scroll borders. The sides have chevron decoration.

Credit: Bequest of Mary Mandeville Johnston, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. S. Johnston, 1914...

17th-18th century
13.0 x 7.0cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Permanent collection