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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • John Guillaume George Krüger (1728 - 1781) , Goldsmith
  • After François Boucher (1703 - 1770), (miniatures)
  • Berlin, Germany
  • c. 1765
  • Vari-coloured gold, diamonds and enamel, chased
  • Object size: 3.8 x 8.9 x 6.4 cm
    Weight: 273.9 g
  • Signature: 'Krüger· / p·'
    Mark: '20.E', the Austro-Hungarian standard mark for 20 carat gold, Krakow 1806-07
    Mark: 'E'
    Mark: A lady's head in profile
    Mark: Possibly a shell
  • G77
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
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  • Set with diamonds and painted with enamel mythological scenes after François Boucher (1703-1770), this is one of the most important German boxes in the Wallace Collection. Signed in enamel on the lid is the name “Kruger P”, for J-G-G.Krüger, an enameller born in London who moved to Berlin in 1753 via Paris. Whilst in Berlin he produced at least 40 designs for snuffboxes, including some of the jewel-encrusted boxes so favoured by his patron, Frederick the Great (1712-1786). He appears to have spent a decade back in Paris from the early 1770s before ending his days in Berlin. This box appears to be the only surviving autographed enamel by Krüger.
    Krüger has taken engravings after Boucher as his source for the enamel decoration; for example, the cover is from ‘The Rape of Europa’ by Claude Duflos, published in 1752. It is significant that all the source engravings were published in Paris before Krüger first left for Berlin, and whilst all of them could have been available to him in Germany he could well have taken them with him.