The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Possibly Mathieu Coiny (active between: 1723-1788) , Goldsmith
  • Adrien-Jean Maximilien Vachette (1753 - 1839), Repaired by, after 1819
  • Paris, France
  • 1763 - 1764
    after 1819 (repaired)
  • Gold and enamel, painted and chased
  • Object size: 4.2 x 8.5 x 6.4 cm
    Weight: 240.4 g
  • Mark: 'AV' beneath two grains de remède flanking a cock, all in a diamond shaped compartment for Adrien-Jean Maximilien Vachette (working 1779-1839) Parisian post-revolutionary type
    Maker's mark: Partly illegible, first letter 'M' and a quince and stalk possibly for Mathieu Coiny (active 1755-88) Parisian type
    Warden's mark: 'Z' of the Maison Commune 1763-4
    Charge mark: Two bay leaf branches, for Jean-Jacques Prévost (1762-68)
    Mark: A baby's head with '2' under his left ear in a contour shaped compartment
    Export mark: A small cow
    Excise mark: Profile head of a bearded and long-haired old man (Sardanapalus) in an oval compartment, for 1819 to 1838
    Mark: A rearing Pegasus with '2' beneath his belly in a hexagonal compartment, second standard mark for 1819 to 1838
    Small guarantee mark: Eagle's head in profile, for 1838 to 1847 Punched twice
    Mark: A bull charging and '3' above his back, third standard mark for 1819 to 1838
  • G37
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • Prince Anatole Demidoff, sale, Paris, 15 January 1863, lot 23: “Grande et magnifique boîte ovale en or, richement ciselée, à pilasters et fries en relief, ornés de fleurons en or vert. Au pourtour se trouvent quatre sujets peints sur email, d’après Greuze: Jeune mère et ses enfants, enfant dressant un petit chien, jeune marchande de légumes et petite fille donnant à manger à des volailles. Le fond extérieur, dans un large cadre à guirlandes d’or vert, représente: Une marchande de fiture au bas du pont Neuf. Sur le couvercle, pareillement encadré, une jeune laveuse reçoit un bouquet d’un porteur de hotte. Tous ces sujets sont émaillés en plein.” Bought by the 4th Marquess of Hertford for 11,500 francs. First recorded at Hertford House in 1890.