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SNUFFBOX

Made by: Unknown


About this object

An oval hinged box. The cover has an oval medallion containing the painted enamel figures of Cupid and Psyche "en camaieu" and a reclining putto offering them a spray of flowers. The whole is surrounded by a reddish drapery. Framing the medallion is a band of chased gold bellfowers with a ribbon bow at top and bottom of the box is a dark blue enamel over engine-turned stripes. The rim of the cover, the top and the bottom and four uprights of the sides, and the bottom are banded by a chased gold floral vine. There is a painted enamel medallion in the bottom which contains an altar of love with two doves, and each four shaped painted enamel panels on the sides contains a scene with an amorous couple in a landscape.

Category:
goldwork
Object name:
SNUFFBOX
Made from:
Gold -- enamel
Made in:
France
Date made:
ca. 1775
Size:
1 3/8 × 3 5/16 × 2 1/2 in. (3.5 × 8.4 × 6.4 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.15
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK on inside cover: 3 illegible marks (possibly French 18th c); On lower inner rim:"Tête de mèdecin Grec" (gold guarantee 1838-1919 (840)); Lozenge with initials AL (for Jean-Marie Leferre inscribed as a maker from 1837, almost certainly a restorer of the box); inside box: crown
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973