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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Possibly Jean Charles Simphorien Dubos (1719 - 1781) , Goldsmith
  • Possibly Jean Ducrollay (c. 1710 - 1787), Goldsmith
    After Jean Daullé (1703-1763), Engraver
    After Jaques Dumont, le Romain (1701 - 1781), Painter
  • Paris, France
  • 1760 - 1761
  • Four colour gold, chased, chiselled and engraved
  • Object size: 3.9 x 8.6 x 6.7 cm
    Weight: 201.7 g
  • Maker's mark: 'J C' and a 'D' below, and a heart Parisian type
    Warden's mark: 'v' of the Maison Commune 1760-61
    Charge mark: A harrow, for the fermier Eloy Brichard (1756-62)
    Discharge mark: A shell, for fermier Eloy Brichard (1756-62)
    Warranty mark: Eagle's head in profile, for 1838 to 1846
    Mark: Counter mark, an upright open hand, for tax official Jean-Jacques Prévost (1762-68)
    Label: Exhibition catalogue entry
  • G33
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This oval varicoloured gold box has been chased with six pastoral scenes, on a striated background, bordered by shells, scrolls and foliage. The interior of the box is gold.
    The cover of the box, depicts a Savoyard (travelling musician from the Savoyard region of France) playing the bagpipes and manipulating puppets with his right foot. Two children are watching the performance. This scene is taken from an engraving by Jean Dullé after Jacques Dumont’s “Le joueur de Musette” of 1739.
    Both Jean-Charles-Simphorien Dubos and Jean-Charles Ducrollay had the same goldsmith’s mark for a time; JCD with a heart, a crowned fleur-de-lys and two “grains de remède”. Dubos registered his in 1748 and used it until at least 1759, but not after 1766. Jean-Charles Ducrollay, brother of Jean Ducrollay, and an active partner in the Ducrollay workshop, registered his in 1755. It is thought that since Jean-Charles Ducrollay died in 1766 it is unlikely he ever used his mark as items that came out of the workshop were marked only with JD and a heart.
    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.