Object Name: Snuffbox
Dimensions: Overall: 1 x 3 1/4 x 2 in. ( 2.5 x 8.3 x 5.1 cm )
Place made: Europe, France
Description: Commemorative snuffbox in the shape of Napoleon's bicorne hat, animal horn with hinged lid; half oval shape with curved bottom; on lid, relief image of vendôme column with raised inscription.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
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Object Number: INV.7689
Marks: carved in relief on lid: "NAPOLEON LE GRANS CHERI DE LA VICTOIRE/ IL SUT PAR SON GENIE ETERNISER SA GLOIRE" on front: circular mark with triangular incision representing the hat's badge and ribbon typed: tag found inside: "NADELMAN/Collection/8/"
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman