Russian Lukutin Snuffbox, ca. 1840
Appraised Value: $20,000
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Appraisal Video: (1:42)
GUEST: I received it as a gift from my Uncle Jack. He had purchased it in an antique store in Chicago in the '60s. I know it's a snuff box, and he paid $168-ish.
APPRAISER: $168. Okay, well, you have a papier-maché, hand-painted Russian lacquer box. And inside here, on the top of the lid, it's signed by a Russian company called the Lukutin Factory. And it also has a Russian imperial eagle. They had the imperial warrant, so they made boxes for the imperial family. And we can see inside it's a hand-painted faux tortoiseshell interior. This box would have been actually manufactured around 1840. And what is quite unusual about this piece is, first of all, the multicolored lacquer and the checkerboard design, but also the painting on the front of the box, which is a Turkish painting. And Catherine the Great, towards the end of her reign, received an awful lot of gifts from the Turkish sultan, and what this box could quite possibly be-- we may have to do quite a little bit more sort of research on it-- is actually a box celebrating a painting that was given to her as a gift from the Turkish sultan. And with regards to the value of the piece, I think today if you were to go into a retail store to try and replace something like this, if you could find it, you would have to spend around $20,000.
GUEST: Oh, my gosh. Wow! That's amazing. I better take better care of it.
APPRAISER: I'd take good care of it, yeah. I would if I were you.
GUEST: I'll put it under glass.
APPRAISER: But thank you for bringing it.
GUEST: And thank you.
APPRAISER: It's a wonderful box.
GUEST: Wonderful. Wow. I'm shocked.
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