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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Louis Roucel (+1787) , Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1767 - 1769
  • Gold, lapis-lazuli and diamonds
  • Object size: 3.8 x 7.3 x 5.1 cm
    Weight: 155.9 g
  • Mark: Bull inside a hexagonal lozenge, third standard mark for gold 1819-1838
    Discharge mark: for fermier Julien Alaterre (1768-75)
    Maker's mark: 'L R' Stamped
    Warden's mark: Crowned letter, possibly 'E', 1768-9
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'E' of 1768-9
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'D' of 1767-8
    Charge mark: For fermier Jean-Jaques Prévost (1762-8)
    Charge mark: For Alaterre 1768-75
    Inscription: 'Roucel Ofre du Roi à Paris' Engraved
    Warranty mark: Two eagles, for 1819 to 1838 3rd standard mark for gold
    Excise mark: A head with helmet, Sardanapalus, for 1819-1838
    Excise mark: A head of soldier, for 1798-1809
  • G46
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • Stunning in its apparent simplicity, this box incorporates eight panels of lapis lazuli mounted in a cagework of varicoloured gold. The panel on the cover is bordered by rose-cut diamonds in silver settings, that on the base is bordered by stylized chased gold foliage, and the sides are divided by six gold pilasters set with diamonds in silver settings. Green gold swags of laurel hang between the capitals and there are acanthus leaves chased in gold around the base.
    Eighteenth-century French boxes set with diamonds in the Neoclassical style are comparatively rare, and where they do appear the diamonds are normally restricted to forming thumbpieces or the frames to miniatures. Diamonds decorating the sides of boxes are rarer still. There is evidence that the diamonds, at least on the cover, may have been added some time between 1819 and 1838.