“Presentation” snuffbox of Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy
Second half of the 19th century
Embossed, chiseled gold, enamel and diamonds
Since the seventeenth century, it was customary to give on special occasions, such as coronations or weddings, snuffboxes with their own portrait or with the initials of name and surname. Carlo Alberto di Savoia-Carignano gave the Milanese count Pietro Bagatti Valsecchi a splendid gold box, still preserved today, with the figures formed by small precious stones. His son Vittorio Emanuele II is the monogram on the hinged lid of this snuffbox, made up of many small “brilliant cut” diamonds placed side by side.