The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Pierre Cerneau (active between: 1762-1783) , Goldsmith
  • After Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725 - 1805), (miniatures)
  • Paris, France
  • 1763 - 1764
  • Gold and enamel, painted, chiselled, chased and engraved
  • Object size: 3.5 x 7 x 5.1 cm
    Weight: 148.3 g
  • Maker's mark: semi-obscured with 'P' as first letter and a cockle shell for Pierre Cerneau.
    Maker's mark: Obscured with 'P' as first letter, and a cockle shell Parisian type
    Warden's mark: 'Z' of the Maison Commune 1763-4
    Charge mark: Two bay leaf branches, for sous-fermier Jean-Jacques Prévost (1762-68)
    Discharge mark: A head of a dog, for Jean-Jacques Prévost (1762-68)
    Inscription: 'Souvenir du Aout 1842' Engraved
    Label: Exhibition catalogue entry
  • G38
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • M.L.Cottreau, sale, Hotel Drouot, 31 May 1870, lot 113: “Très belle Tabatière ovale en or emaillé en plein, à sujets d'interieurs et attributs dans le style de Greuze, sur fond gravé à ornements. Belle conservation. Epoque Louis XV”. Bought by Mannheim for 6,025 francs and sold to Richard Wallace presumably for the 4th Marquess of Hertford (with a 5% commission of 301.25 francs).