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Snuffbox

Made by: Barrière, Jean-Jacques __Attr.

Currently in storage


About this object

An oval hinged box. The cover has an oval medallion containing a painted enamel scene. It shows a seated youth playing a musical instrument while two women kneel beside him at the right. This is framed three times. First by a narrow band in tooled gold, second by leaves of molded gold enameled green, and third by a string of enameled white dots which also outline the rim of the cover. The cover is edged by a band of leaves and berries in molded gold enameled green and red. The areas between the white dots are enameled translucent dark blue over striped engine turning. The sides and bottom are decorated in the same scheme but without the medallion.

Category:
GOLDWORK
Object name:
Snuffbox
Made from:
Gold -- enamel
Made in:
FRANCE: Paris
Date made:
1777
Size:
box __1.00 IN __2.56 IN __1.44 IN
box __2.54 CM __6.51 CM __3.65 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.13
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
Mark __Crowned O __ __Warden's mark for Paris 1777-78 ||Mark __A monogram (charge mark of the Fermier General Jean Fouache, 1775-81) ||Mark __A monkey's head (tête de singe) (discharge mark for Jean Fouache, small works) ||Mark __Partially illegible maker's mark __ __Possibly that of Jean Joseph Barrière, master in 1763 ||Mark __V in script on a striped field __ __Dutch import mark for old gold 1814-1953 ||Mark __Eagle's head facing right (struck twice) __ __Guarantee for minimum gold standard, France, 1838-46
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973