The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Louis Ouizille , Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1775 - 1776
  • Gold, diamonds and enamel
  • Object size: 3.2 x 7.6 x 5.8 cm
    Weight: 154.5 g
  • Maker's mark: 'L.O' with a baton royale on between
    Warden's mark: 'M', for 1775-6
    Charge mark: For sous-fermier Jean-Baptiste Fouache (1775-81)
    Discharge mark: A Monkey's head, for fermier Jean-Baptiste Fouache (1775-81)
    Warranty mark: An eagle's head, for 1838 onwards
  • G54
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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Further Reading
  • Octagonal snuff box in old and blue enamel on an engine-turned ground. Decorated with bands of gold with festoons and foliage in different coloured enamels. The lid is set with diamonds and with a three-quarter portrait miniature which is not contemporary with the box but earlier, and dates from the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century. It shows Marie-Adélaide, Duchesse de Bourgogne (1685-1712), who in 1696 married Louis XIV’s grandson and was the mother of Louis XV. It is possible that the box always had a miniature in the lid, but not this one: the replacement of miniatures was not uncommon during the first half of the nineteenth century when the portrait of a great lady of the seventeenth or early eighteenth century was considered much more desirable than that of a lesser known subject. The box has all the characteristics of having been re-enamelled and this redecoration was probably undertaken at the same time that the miniature was associated with the box. Prince Anatole Demidoff (1813-1870), for example, who owned this box before the Marquess of Hertford, is known to have appreciated ‘antique boxes’ as vehicles for his miniatures.