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BOX IN THE SHAPE OF A LADY'S HEAD

On view in: Dacha


About this object

Carved from honey-colored agate, this box in the form of a woman's head must have been a sentimental trifle. Around the neck, an inscription on white enamel reads "Marchez sur roses et pensez à moi " ("Walk on roses and think of me"). This delightful trinket epitomizes the art of pleasing that was so prevalent in polite society of the eighteenth century.

The box is made in the form of a woman's head which is carved from a honey-colored agate. Small rose-cut diamonds are used for the eyes. The hair is dressed in an 18th century fashion with three combs. An applied gold, braided bowknot adorns the throat. The gold collar is chased with a wavy scroll bottom and a band of white enamel that bears the words "Marchez sur des roses et pensez à moi" ("Walk on roses and think of me"). The lid, also in agate, is decorated with a scene of Venus and Cupid on a cloud, chased in gold openwork. Venus holds a garland of roses and Cupid the tilted vase. The thumbpiece is set with two small diamonds.

Category:
gems
Object name:
BOX IN THE SHAPE OF A LADY'S HEAD
Made from:
Agate -- gold -- enamel -- diamonds
Made in:
London, England
Date made:
ca. 1760
Size:
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.122
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK: illegible mark struck twice [on lid's inner rim] INSCRIPTION: MARCHEZ SUR DES ROSES ET PENSEZ A MOI ("walk amongst the roses and think of me") [around neck]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Displayed in exhibition:
Natural Beauties- Exquisite Works of Minerals and Gems
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"