Tobacco with Troelfth Cake

The reproduction of print-based satire across other commercial mediums was common throughout the long eighteenth-century. Caricatures that started life in print were often adapted for decorative use on, amongst other things, pottery, textiles, tobacco boxes, and fans. The appeal of these items must in part have been derived from the fact that they often provided a cheaper and more durable alternative to the prints they sought to emulate. This tobacco box on the other hand, constitutes a rare example of an item which was probably far more expensive that the print it was copied from. It is decorated with a beautiful painted miniature copy of a caricature design after Jean-Michel Moreau’s The Troelfth Cake, a French satire on the…

Source: Tobacco with Troelfth Cake

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