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Snuffbox

Made by: Pleyard, Pierre __Attr.

On view in: French Drawing Room


About this object

An oval box that is hinged. Set in the cover of the box is an oval medallion containing a miniature of the bust of a man. He is dressed in 17th century costume with a heavy wig and a lace jabot. He is facing three-quarters to the right and is framed by a narrow band of diamonds within two garlands of roses tied at the top by a ribbon bow, and two palm fronds below, all chased in gold in relief. The cover, sides and bottom are edged by a band of chased stylized leaves in low relief and enamelled translucent pink over engine-turned cross-hatching. The sides are divided by four panels with chased gold pilasters and drapery.

Category:
GOLDWORK
Object name:
Snuffbox
Made from:
Gold -- enamel -- diamonds -- miniature
Made in:
FRANCE: Paris
Date made:
1600-1774
Size:
Box __1.31 IN __3.12 IN __2.36 IN
Box __3.34 CM __7.94 CM __5.99 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.8
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK; LABEL __Fleurette (charge mark for the Fermier General Julien Alaterre 1768-74); Helmeted head facing left (discharge mark for Julien Alaterre); Crowned K (warden's mark for Paris 1773-74); Maker's mark with the initials PP (possibly the mark of Pierre Pleyard); inside box (now removed): Alaterre 1773 Pierre Pannelier
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973