The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Jean-Marie Tiron (active between: 1748 - 1773)
  • Possibly Jean Coteau (1739 - 1812), Enameller
  • Paris, France
  • 1767 - 1769
  • Gold and enamel, painted and chased
  • Object size: 3.9 x 8 x 5.7 cm
    Weight: 245.2 g
  • Maker's mark: Possibly 'J T'
    Maker's mark: 'Tiron' with one grain above
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'D' of 1767-8
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'E' of 1768-9
    Discharge mark: A soldier's head with hemet, for fermier Julien Alaterre (1768-75)
    Charge mark: For Jean-Jaques Prévost (1762-68)
    Signature: 'J.C.'
    Inscription: 'Garnie'
    Charge mark: For Julien Alaterre (1768-75)
    Mark: A shoe, for fermier J.P. Fouache (1775-81) Counter mark
  • G45
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The accomplished nature of the enamel plaques and their painterly execution suggest an artist of considerable proficiency. Given the signature ‘J. C.’ in the enamel on the lid, it is tempting to make a tentative attribution to Jean Coteau (c. 1739-after 1812), a miniaturist from Geneva who was working in Paris. A portrait miniature of Gustav III, King of Sweden, in the Wallace Collection (M92) demonstrates a comparable treatment in the use of enamel colours. This painter is not to be confused with Joseph Coteau, a successful enameller who, amongst other activities, worked for the Sèvres porcelain manufactory.
    The three enamelled scenes are taken from engravings after paintings by François Boucher, including ‘Le goûter de l’automne’ on the cover.
    The base has been restored, probably in the nineteenth century.