A collection of 45 gold snuff boxes and objects of vertu by Various

The collection was presented by Mrs Christine Hanbury in memory of her only son, Pilot Officer John Mackenzie Hanbury RAF, killed in active service in 1939.


Acquired in:
Presented by:
Christine M Hanbury through The Art Fund

A number come from Parisian workshops, and show the variety of styles and techniques of goldsmiths and enamellers of the period. 17 boxes were made in Paris, 17 elsewhere in Europe, and the remaining 11 items are boxes, nécessaires, and caskets, and a repeater watch from various sources.


A number are from the collection of CHT Hawkins.

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Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 2PH 01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

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