Snuff box

Workshop of Johann Michael van Selow

Brunswick, circa 1760

Tin, brass and glass beads

Height: 3,2 cm (1.3 inch)
Width: 11,5 cm (4.5 inch)
Depth: 5,6 cm (2.2 inch) Ref No: 2123

A rare German rococo snuff box of rounded rectangular form, all sides covered with more than 20 000 glas beads set onto a tinbox, depicting various landscapes with trees and buildings. The hinged cover and box with reeded brass border. Very fine condition.

The Van Selow Workshop

One of the rarest and greatest technical achievements of the eighteenth Century was German glass beadwork from Brunswick, with Johann Michael van Selow considered to be its finest craftsmen. Van Selow worked under the Royal patronage of Duke Carl I of Braunschweig. The factory was in existence less than twenty years (1755-1772) and few examples of this colourful beadwork exist. Examples of Van Selow’s work can be seen in the Städtische Museum in Braunschweig and in The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.


Exhibition catalogue, Städtisches Museum Braunschweig, Braunschweiger Rokoko, Brunswick 2005.