I found myself suffering a sever case of vapours last night and of course I could not find my smelling salts anywhere! It was quite unfortunate! I could not even find a bit of snuff! I will be laying low this week. O.k. I don't have a snuff box but yesterday I sure wished I had! This one is particularly fabulous and if I had one I would want it designed along these lines.
This snuff box dates mid 18th century and is French. The artist is Pierre-François-Mathis de Beaulieu, and it is made out of golds in different shades, and enameling. It features a portrait of Catherine II, a lady who had it going on! Perfect imagery to kind of bring you to your senses when suffering a bout.
Along the side panels of the snuff box are more imagery to bring you back to earth, and snap you out of it. They serve a dual purpose, represent dear Catherine's great qualities, and to remind us of our own inner qualities. Four personifications line the sides.
Strength of spirit. This is important because you need to remember that you are in control here! And you are not crazy - no matter what that tart Fanny says!
Perpetual logic. Très important. You do not attend the best salons in Paris for nothing! You are wise amongst all modern day topics and your friends think so too!
Justice. Of course ! You don't deserve this spell, so surely it will go away soon, once the higher ups realize that.
Wisdom. Need I say more? You know these feelings and you know just what they are! Time to get a grip open the box and get through this!
Head down and power through ladies, there is a pastoral themed ball tonight!