Collect golden boxes: Guide provided by Christie's
Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Collection guide: Collect golden boxes published by Christie’s
Can you tell your tabatière from your boîte-à-mouches or your bonbonnière? David McLachlan, Christie’s leading specialist in the field, is your expert guide. Illustrated with past lots sold at Christie’s and more offered in London Classic Week
When and why did gold boxes become popular? In 18th-century Europe, boxes played a key role in the conduct of social affairs. They were produced in large numbers in France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Russia, Austria and Italy, and even in Sweden and Denmark.
Are there different types of gold boxes, and if so, did they have different uses?
What do collectors look for?