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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Jean Georges (+1765) , Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1757 - 1758
  • Gold
  • Object size: 4.2 x 8 x 6 cm
    Weight: 259.9 g, with snuff
  • Maker's mark: 'J' and another illegible letter, with a five-pointed star between them, mark of Jean George, goldsmith registered in Paris, 24 January 1752 - 8 June 1765.
    Charge mark: A harrow, for the fermier Eloy Brichard, Paris, 1 October 1756 - 1 October 1759.
    Warden's mark: 'R' of the Maison Commune mark for gold, Paris, 16 July 1757 - 20 July 1758.
    Stamp: Numbered '671'
    Discharge mark: A small cow, The decharge mark for gold exported from France, Paris, probably from 1 September 1733 - 18 November 1774.
    Inscription: 'GEORGE A. PARIS'
  • G27
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This rectangular varicoloured gold snuffbox chased with six scenes of children playing soldiers and military trophies. These reserves are set against a sunburst background, and bordered by scrolls and foliage. The interior of the box is gold.
    The military theme of this box may refer to the fact that the French troops were when this box was made, engaged in the early years of the Seven Years' War (1756-63).
    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 enamelers, lapidaries and miniature painters.