The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Jean Petitot , Enameller , (miniatures)
  • Nicolas Huguet, Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1814 - 1830
  • Gold and enamel, engraved
  • Height: 2.9 cm
    Diameter: 9 cm
    Weight: 352.2 g
    Object size: 2.8 x 2.4 cm, miniature on lid
    Object size: 2.1 x 1.8 cm, miniature on base
  • Mark
    Mark: 'HN' in a diamond shape
    Mark: A child's head with '2'
    Inscription: 2509
    Inscription: 2509
  • G67
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The miniatures on the cover and base of this box are attributed to Jean Petitot, a Geneva-born artist who worked in England for Charles I until the Civil War and subsequently for Louis XIV, before returning to his native Geneva following the expulsion of the Huguenots from France by the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. The use of these images to decorate a gold box is characteristic of the revived interest in the Bourbon monarchy following the return of Louis XVIII to the French throne in 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. The elaborate engraved ground showing the fleurs-de-lys of France through lime-green translucent enamel reinforces the dating of this box to after the Restoration of the monarchy. The box was originally owned by George IV, who reputedly considered it to be the finest in his collection. Later it was acquired by the 3rd Marquess of Hertford who gave it to his son, the 4th Marquess, in 1834.