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SNUFFBOX

Made by: Unknown

Currently in storage


About this object

An oval hinged box. The center of the cover is (was) set with a miniature in a raised gold frame with white dots simulating pearls. The miniature is of a young man facing to the right, wearing a powdered wig and with the blue sash of an order. An old label says the miniature is of Louis XVI as the Dauphin. The borders for the box cover, sides and bottom have an outer edge with dots of white enamel simulating half-pearls. Inside this is a series of panels that alternate, one with enamels in pale lilac imitating moss agate. Separating the sides are alternatively large and small panels in matte gold, the larger ones engraved with a rosette and leaves enameled in red and green, the small panels with a red rosettes only. All the rest of the surface is enameled in translucent brown against a guilloche ground.

Category:
goldwork
Object name:
SNUFFBOX
Made from:
Gold -- enamel -- miniature
Made in:
Paris, France
Date made:
1776
Size:
1 7/16 × 3 1/4 × 2 3/8 in. (3.7 × 8.3 × 6 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.12
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK; LABEL On the interior: a fleurette (the charge mark for Julien Alaterre, 1768-1774); Crowned N (the Warden's mark for Paris 1776); on inner rim: owl struck twice (export mark); on rim scratched number: 71224?9; inside lid: 6494 H55/X/X; inside box now removed: KNI/A/- LOUIS XVI Lid set miniature of the Dauphin, box bears mark of Julian Alaterre
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973