The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Louis Roucel (+1787) , Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1770 - 1771
  • Gold and enamel, chased
  • Object size: 3.8 x 8.9 x 6.2 cm
    Weight: 267.5 g
  • Maker's mark: 'L. R.'
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'g' for 1770-1
    Discharge mark: For fermier Henri Clavel (1781-89)
    Discharge mark: A head of a bird, for Julien Alaterre (1768-75)
    Charge mark: For fermier Julien Alaterre (1768-74)
    Inscription: 'Roucel orfe du Roy à Paris'
    Warranty mark: Two eagles 1838 or later
  • G50
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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Further Reading
  • An oval varicoloured gold snuffbox mounted with six panels of gold engine turned with undulating lines and ‘pellets’. The cover and base are set with oval enamelled plaques painted in opaque colours with fêtes galantes scenes similar to those in paintings by Lancret or Pater. The top and bottom are bordered by gold chased with a continuous band of stylized flowers and the sides divided by four fluted pilasters. The interior of the box is god.
    A specific design source for the enamel plaques has not been found.