The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Adrien-Jean Maximilien Vachette (1753 - 1839) , Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1779 - 1780
  • Gold and lacquer, chased
  • Object size: 2.6 x 8.6 x 5.4 cm
    Weight: 87.2 g
  • Maker's mark: 'A V' Stamped
    Warden's mark: 'Q' of the Maison Commune 1779-80
    Discharge mark: a monkey's head for Jean-Baptiste Fouache (1775-81)
    Mark: For sous-fermier Jean-Baptiste Fouache (1775-81)
    Inscription: 'Vachette, Bijoutier à Paris' Engraved
  • G60
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • Seventeenth-century Japanese screens and boxes were often cut up in France and mounted on furniture such as secretaires, cabinets and chests-of-drawers. The small remaining off-cuts were considered precious enough to be collected up and sold for setting in goldsmiths’ work. This box is one of Vachette’s earliest works because he was only registered as a goldsmith in 1779, and he became a specialist in mounting lacquer, turtleshell piqué work and hard stone in gold snuffboxes.