The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • probably Russia
  • c. 1760
  • Gold and enamel, painted, incised and engraved
  • Object size: 3.8 x 8 x 6 cm
    Weight: 193.1 g
  • Maker's mark: Obscured, consists 'I' beneath a grain and beside a cockle-shell below which is 'M' for Jaques-Michel Lemaire (active 1722-1776)Parisian type probably false mark
    Warden's mark: 'N' of the Maison Commune 1753-4 probably false
    Charge mark: A head of an ox, for the sous-fermier Julien Berthe (1750-56) probably false
    Mark: A leaf, for the fermier Jean-Jacques Prevost (1762-68) probably false
    Discharge mark: A head of a hen, for the sous-fermier Julien Berthe (1750-56) probably false
    Small guarantee mark: Eagle's head in profile, for 1837 to 1847 Struck twice
  • G17
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • Rectangular snuff box, vertical walls of gold decorated with romantic scenes and landscapes in enamel against a gold ground with fret-like pattern. Left of lid with woman seated on chair with girl under a tree, right with man attempting to kiss a girl.