Alpheus and Arethusa Snuff Box by Stobwasser


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Alpheus and Arethusa Snuff Box by Stobwasser

A fine 19th German snuff box by Stobwasser, the cover painted with the legend of Alpheus and Arethusa, titled within in red script 'Arethusa flicht vor den Flussgott Alpheus'.
The story from mythology tells of Arethusa, bathing in a river when she meets Alpheus. Feeling something stirring in the depths beneath her she hurriedly left the water, being chased by Alpheus. When exhausted, Arethusa called upon her goddess, Artemis, who turned her into a spring of water. However, this did not free her from Alpheus who turned himself back into a river and flowed into the tunnel joining with the water of Arethusa's fountain. It is said that if you throw something into the Alpheus in Greece, it will turn up into Arethusa's well in Sicily. German circa 1810. dia:3 3/4in x 15/16 in


19th Century

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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