The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Paris, France
  • 1779 - 1780
  • Gold, chased
  • Object size: 2.3 x 5.8 x 4.1 cm
    Weight: 55.4 g
  • Maker's mark: Illegible
    Warden's mark: 'Q' for 1779-80
    Charge mark: For J.B. Fouache (1775-81)
    Discharge mark: For J.B. Fouache (1775-81)
    Warranty mark: Two eagles, for 1838
  • G59
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • According to Diderot’s Encylopédie, boxes made solely of gold were referred to by the goldsmiths as ‘tabatières plaines’ (plain snuffboxes). The small size of this box suggests that it was intended to hold just sufficient snuff for a day, or half a day (known as a ‘journée’, or a ‘demi-journée’), or that it was intended for a lady.
    The cover and base of the box have been engine turned with concentric circles and are bordered by a band of green gold foliage interspersed with red gold quatrefoils on a matted ground. The rim is bordered by green gold foliage and berries tied with ribbons.