An antique treen pressed burr maple snuff box depicting Poniatwkis. It has an inscription Cerne* de tous cote*s, apres s'etre jette* dans la Pleisse, s'avance vers l'Elster et s'y noye. This can be translated as: (Josef Poniatowski) surrounded on all sides, having thrown himself into the Pleisse, advances towards the Elster and drowns there.
Cerne*.  The Pleisse and the Weisse Elster are rivers near Leipzig. Poniatowski died by drowning in the Elster on 19 October 1813. A Polish Marshall of the French Army, he was defending the rear of the French Army, retreating through Leipzig after the failed Russian campaign. In the confusion, the French blew up the bridge over the Elster before he could cross. He is usually depicted leaping into the river on his horse, but was probably already seriously wounded.
He supported Napoleon in the hope that this would end the partition of Poland between Russia, Prussia and Austria, and lead to Poland's freedom. He was an extremely talented, brave.

An Antique Pressed Maple Snuff Box

SKU: pressedsnuffbox
    We first became involved in Antique Treen and furniture some twenty five years ago and since then a passion for Treen, small wooden snuff boxes and decorative wooden items has developed into Opus Antiques.

    This web site shows only a  small selection of our current stock for sale, if you are looking for something you don't see, please contact us.


    We are also interested in buying Antique Treen items. As well as using our Contact page, you can also email or telephone us on 07941 285532


    The word Treen is derived from the word tree and is a term used to describe wooden household objects, all turned from one piece of wood e.g. a bowl, plate, gingerbread mould, and spoons, always having a function.

    Nowadays when we talk about Antique Treen it tends to cover all small wooden items including antique snuff boxes, candle stands, spice towers, etc. often made from several pieces of turned wood.


    When a piece of wood has been painstakingly turned or carved, handled, polished and loved over a few hundred years old, it can develop a wonderful colour and patina and becomes an irresistible piece of Antique Treen.

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