An Italian hardstone snuff box, circa 1760.

The cover and base of the box are of yellow marble with a reeded English gold mount with wavy interior and raised thumbpiece, 8.2cm wide.

An accompanying label is inscribed in the distinctive hand of Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793): ‘Brought from Naples 1763.’

The box also contains a paper inscribed in the same hand with: ‘stones from Sorrento in Italy’.

The 9th Earl of Exeter travelled to Italy in 1763 on the first of his two Grand Tours. He returned again in 1768.


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