The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Mathieu Coiny (active between: 1723-1788) , Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1766 - 1767
  • Gold and enamel, engraved and chased
  • Object size: 3.5 x 6.2 x 5.1 cm
    Weight: 154.4 g
  • Maker's mark: 'M' with a dot above
    Maker's mark: 'M C'
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'C', for 1766-7
    Charge mark: Fermier mark for Jean-Jaques Prévost (1762-68)
    Discharge mark: A head of a dog for Jean-Jaques Prévost (1762-68)
    Warranty mark: A head of an eagle for 1838-47
  • G43
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The box is enamelled in basse taille (translucent) enamel and set with two opaque enamel reserves. The main scene on the cover shows a young girl worshipping to Cupid at an altar, while that on the base depicts a girl garlanding a classical herm with flowers. This is taken from an engraving after a painting, L’offrande à Céres (The offering to Ceres) by the fashionable Neoclassical architect, Joseph-Marie Vien, which he had exhibited at the Salon of 1765. The proximity of the exhibition to the date of manufacture of this box shows just how quickly movements in taste affected the decoration of snuffboxes.
    Underneath the translucent green of the walls are engraved trophies and landscapes.