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Voltaire's very erotic secret is sniffed out from a snuff box more than 100 years on thanks to curator at famous London gallery

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  • Voltaire's very erotic secret is sniffed out from a snuff box more than 100 years on thanks to curator at famous London gallery

    For more than 100 years, an ornate snuff box designed to celebrate love and eroticism carried a historical secret.

    But thanks to a curator at a famous London gallery, the 18th Century artefact has given up that secret – two intimate portraits of French philosopher Voltaire and his married mistress Emilie du Chatelet, which were hidden inside.

    The curator discovered that by pressing on the lower panels of the box, a sliding mechanism was activated to reveal the pictures.

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