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Sat, Aug 3, 2019 11:00AM EDT
Lot 12

Stobwasser Papier-Mâché Dewitt Clinton Portrait Snuff Box

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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$500 $100
$3,000 $250
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$100,000 $5,000

The interior the the cover inscribed 'De Witt Clinton. 4344', the interior of the base is inscribed '4344. Stobwasser's Fabrick'.

4 in. diam. 

Note: DeWitt Clinton was born into a political dynasty and would devote most of his life to serving New York. He began his career as secretary to his uncle and Governor of New York George Clinton. In 1798, he was elected to the State Legislature then served as a senator. Clinton then served three terms as mayor of New York City and eventually won the election for the Lieutenant Governor. After losing the Presidential election to James Madison in 1812 he would serve as the Governor of New York and eventually die in office in 1828. Among the highlights of his career was the development of the Erie Canal which would revolutionize transportation and commerce benefiting the economy of New York State. 

The Stobwasser Company of Brunswick, Germany was founded in 1763 and was known for its finely painted snuff boxes featuring portraits of historical figures and events. Each box was signed and numbered in gold script. This box depicts DeWitt Clinton as the 1812 Federalist candidate for President. 

For a similar example see Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Americana, 3 December 2016, lot 43014.


There are losses to the edges, abrasions and surface wear. The portrait has yellowed. Otherwise nicely painted.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.