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SNUFFBOX

Made by: Jean-Jacques Barrière

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:
Paris, France
Date made:
1777
Size:
1 × 2 9/16 × 1 7/16 in. (2.5 × 6.5 × 3.7 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.13
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