The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • probably Russia, possibly France
  • 1800-1850
  • Gold and enamel, painted, incised and engraved
  • Object size: 3.8 x 8 x 6 cm
    Weight: 193.1 g
  • Maker's mark: Obscured, probably comprising the initial 'I', an illegible second letter and 'N' or possibly an 'M' with a scallop for difference. Parisian type imitating a Paris goldsmith's mark, at some time attributed to Rene-Jean Lemoyne, goldsmith registered in Paris 15 July 1775 until 1793
    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 contremarque of the fermiers Eloy Brichard and Etienne Somfoye, Paris (1756-62) 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
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Prince Anatole Demidoff, sale, Paris 13-14 January 1863; Acquired by 1872.