EXHIBITIONEpisode 1: Golden Snuffboxes
For the first time, the viewer will be presented with a unique opportunity to get acquainted with magnificent examples of jewelry art from collection of David and Mikhail Iakobachvili.
Snuffbox was one of the landmark accessories in the past. Snuffboxes were very popular in Europe for more than two centuries, from the end of the 17th until the end of the 19th century. The courteous 18th century, referred sometimes as "A century of snuffboxes", turned out to be the golden age for snuffboxes. It was the time when a snuffbox turned out to be a must- have ceremonial item. In those days, a snuffbox became not just a container for the snuff tobacco storage – it was an extremely fashionable and demanded dainty item, a symbol of a certain social status.
Demand for snuffboxes was huge. The best goldsmiths were snowed under the orders. Nothing limited the imagination of jewelers.
European masters created miniature boxes and snuffboxes that witnessed stormy upheavals, wars, changing of eras, generations and styles. Nevertheless, even today in the age of new technologies and innovative materials, those items continue to delight us by their grace, refinement of shape, decoration and artisanship.