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 9th Earl’s distinctive hand: ‘Brought from Naples 1763’. The box also contains a paper inscribed in the same hand with: ‘stones from Sorrento in Italy’. Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) travelled to Italy in 1763 on the first of his two Grand Tours.


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