The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Pierre François Mathias de Beaulieu (active between: 1768-99)
  • Paris, France
  • 1771 - 1772
  • Rock crystal, gold, chased and engraved, enamel, diamonds and silk
  • Height: 3.2 cm
    Diameter: 6 cm
    Weight: 132.6 g
  • Maker's mark: 'P * M / B' B is below the star, stamped
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'H' for 1771-2
    Discharge mark: A head and helmet, for fermier Julien Alaterre (1768-75)
    Charge mark: For fermier Julien Alaterre (1768-1775)
    Inscription: 'Beaulieu à Paris' Engraved
    Inscription: '470'
    Mark: Possibly crossed hands, pehaps for fermier Henri Clavel (1781-89) counter mark
    Mark: Perhaps a dolphin's head, pehaps for fermier Henri Clavel (1781-89) counter mark
  • G52
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • The circular rock crystal box has been mounted in a gold framework, which has been pierced and chased with scrolling foliage within a guilloche pattern and, since there is no gold lining, the clear crystal sparkles through the gold. On the lid a blue baisse-taille enamel ground is enhanced with a diamond trophy showing emblems of Love and Music, all in settings of silver. Underneath the cover is a blue silk lining.