The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • London, England
  • c. 1830
  • Gold, bloodstone and diamonds.
  • Object size: 3.5 x 6.3 x 4.2 cm
    Weight: 120.8 g
  • Warranty mark: An eagle's head, Paris, 1 January 1847 onwards Twice
  • G72
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • The box comprises six panels of bloodstone mounted in gold and engraved and gilded with interlaced circles. The thumbpiece for opening the box has been set with a bouquet of diamonds. The interior of the box is bloodstone.
    The design of the mounts, chased with undulating waves, is more commonly found in Germany than elsewhere in the eighteenth century, but the proportions of the box and style of decoration, especially the thumbpiece, suggest a date in the early years of the nineteenth century. There is no maker’s mark to help identify its place of manufacture, but its possible provenance in the collection of Prince Anatole Demidoff, a noted Russian collector, may provide a clue.