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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Jean Ducrollay (c. 1710 - 1787) , Goldsmith
  • Le Sueur (active between: 1750 -1761), Enameller, (one panel)
  • Paris, France
  • 1754 - 1755
  • Gold and enamel
  • Object size: 3.9 x 8 x 6 cm
    Weight: 208.9 g
  • Signature: Signed - LE Sueur
    Maker's mark: Includes two letters, second is 'D' and a heart above, mark of Jean Ducrollay, goldsmith registered in Paris, 26 July 1734 - 12 December 1761. Later recorded as a negociant until 1771.
    Warden's mark: 'O' of the Maison Commune mark for gold, Paris, 20 July 1754 - 12 July 1755.
    Charge mark: A head of an ox, for the sous-fermier Julien Berthe, Paris, 1 October 1750 - 1 October 1755
    Discharge mark: A shell, for the fermier Eloy Brichard and Etienne Somfoye, Paris, 1 October 1756 - 1 October 1762.
    Mark: An indistinct mark, possibly the decharge for gold and silver coming from abroad of the regisseur des droits de marque Henry Clavel, Paris, 13 July 1780 - Septmeber 1782.
    Stamp: The number 267 is struck close to the hinge.
    Label: 'No.5 tab.orf fond Emaillé sujet Pastoral Pr Le sueur number 5' - Number 5, gold snuff box, the ground enamelled with a pastoral subject by Le Sueur.
  • G19
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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Further Reading
  • Rectangular gold snuffbox, enamelled en plein (enamel applied directly onto gold) with six large reserves or scenes. On the cover is a seated lady at her toilette with a dog on her lap and two children beside her. On the base are two children with a pigeon. On the front a girl holding a wand with grapes petting a dog. On the left hand side a fruit bowl, and on the right hand side a basket of flowers. On the back are two pheasants in a landscape. Each surrounded by four smaller images of birds, animals, and flowers. All are divided by bands of translucent green enamel and chased gold scrolls.

    The source for the scene on the cover has been taken from an engraving by John Ingram of L’école domestique after François Boucher, published in 1742.

    The signature ‘Le Seuer’ can be seen on the cover in the bottom right reserve just above the cat. The identity of Le Sueur has yet to be positively identified. Enamels signed ‘Le Suer’ are often found on boxes dated between 1750 and 1761, from the workshops of Jean Frémin and Jean Ducrollay.

    Snuffboxes played an important role in fashion and self-promotion, in diplomacy and, in the 19th century, in collecting. Often they were used as a currency for their monetary values and the status they could embody. Their practical purpose was often secondary – they were highly valued as art objects in their own right. Gold boxes were a barometer of the taste of the time and exemplify the skills of not only goldsmiths, but also enamellers, lapidaries and miniature painters.