Masked ladies (gentlemen too…)

Cognacq-Jay snuff box mask

Cognacq-Jay snuff box masked lady

Susan Holloway Scott has a great post on masks in the 17th century. They protected ladies’ complexions from the attacks of the sun and cold, but they were also most convenient for discreet assignations…

In 18th century France, their use became limited to the balls and celebrations that marked the revelry of Carnival. This is an 18th century snuff box from the collections of the Musée Cognacq-Jay in Paris.

And, speaking of Susan, I have a treat in store for you: an interview about her last novel, The French Mistress. Stay tuned!

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