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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Jean Frémin (active between: 1738-1786) , Goldsmith
  • After Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686 - 1755), scenes
    After Nicolas Desportes the Younger (1718 - 1787), scenes possibly
  • Paris, France
  • 1757 - 1758
  • Gold
  • Object size: 4.2 x 8.9 x 6.2 cm
    Weight: 216.1 g
  • Maker's mark: 'J F' above an eagle's head in profile, mark of Jean Fremin, goldsmith registered in Paris, 24 September 1738 - 1786.
    Warden's mark: 'R' of the Maison Commune mark for gold, Paris, 16 July 1757 - 20 July 1758.
    Charge mark: A harrow, for the fermier Eloy Brichard, Paris, 1 October 1756 - 1 October 1759.
    Discharge mark: A shell, for the fermier Eloy Brichard and Etienne Somfoye, Paris, 1 October 1756 - 1 October 1762.
  • G25
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • This oval varicoloured gold snuffbox has been chased on every surface with parallel striated lines bordered by scrolls, foliage and flowers. On each side are scenes of dogs hunting; on the cover three dogs hunting a fox, on the front two dogs and a boar, on the back a dog with a bird, on the left hand side a dog and deer and on the right hand side a cockerel and a peacock.
    The scenes derive from two great painters of the hunt, Jean Baptite Oudry and Alexandre-François Desportes. The scene on the cover is taken from Oudry's Le rénard vaincu of 1724, originally commissioned for the Salle des Gardes in the château of Chantilly. The scene on the left hand side is from Fables Choisies, engraved by Louis Legrand after Oudry.
    Snuffboxes played an important role in fashion and self-promotion, 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.