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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Alexandre Leferre , Goldsmith
  • Style of André-Vincent Vielliard (1717 - 1790), (plaques)
  • Paris, France
  • after 1838 (snuff box)
    possibly 18th century (plaques)
  • Gold and soft-paste porcelain, painted
  • Object size: 4.2 x 7.9 x 6 cm
    Weight: 211.6 g
  • Maker's mark: 'A L' in a diamond shape with a bird and an unidentifiable device
    Maker's mark: 'A L' in a diamond shape with an illegible mark and a device that appears to be the head of Mercury
    Warranty mark: An eagle's head in profile, for 1838-1919
    Mark: A hexagonal punch containing a man's head in profile, as third standard mark for gold 1838-1919
    Label: 'Tabatiere, Sèvre / fond blanc / No 2 / Sujet Boucher'
  • G65
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • Square snuff box composed of Sèvres porcelain, showing groups of Amorini, very delicately painted on a white ground. These are set in gold mounts. The lid shows three nude children playing among trees and plants.
    The style of painting of the porcelain panels which decorate this box is similar to that of the Sèvres painter André-Vincent Vielliard (1717-1790) in the 1750s but the combination of cherubs and children in a set of plaques is unusual and the painting is ‘flimsy’ for Sèvres. The matt glaze may indicate refiring or the removal of the original decoration with acid, suggesting that the eighteenth-century soft-paste porcelain has been redecorated in the nineteenth century when the fashion for Sèvres decorated in this manner was at its height. The eighteenth-century records for the Sèvres manufactory show that undecorated snuff boxes were sold on occasion.
    The scene on the cover may be derived from L’eau and Le feu, two engravings from a suite by L-F. de la Rue after drawings by François Boucher.