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Pressed Burl "CRANOLOGIE DE DOCTEUR GALL" Snuff Box

Auction:
3104T
Lot:
3083
Sold for:
$400$325

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3104T
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 31, 2018 2:00PM

Description:

Pressed Burl "CRANOLOGIE DE DOCTEUR GALL" Snuff Box, early 19th century, the friction-fit lid embellished with relief-carved numbered skulls and inscribed, the bottom inscribed with a list of twenty-seven items in French, dia. 3 in.

Note: Doctor Gall (d. 1828) is considered the father of phrenology, "the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities."
Estimate $50-100

The two halves are slightly warped. But the friction fit holds tightly, and there do not appear to be cracks or chips (though there is minor edge imperfection due to the grain).


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Biological anthropology, Burl, Criminology, Gall, Head, Medical classification, Medical Subject Headings, Philosophy of mind, Phrenology, Pseudoscience, Skull

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