The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
    After C. Parrocel (1688 - 1752), (miniatures)
  • Germany, Hanau, probably
  • c.1765-75
  • Gold, diamonds and enamel, chased and engraved
  • Object size: 4.1 x 8.9 x 6.7 cm
    Weight: 228.3 g
  • Maker's mark: Crowned 'AP / C'
    Mark: For fermier Henri Clavel 1780-9
    Mark: Circles and branches, or sunbursts, twice
    Mark: 'H7380' Scratched
    Stamp: '236'
  • G86
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The enamelled scenes on the top and bottom are taken from engravings by Louis Desplaces of Charles Parrocel’s ‘The Lion Hunt’ and ‘The Tiger Hunt’. The paintings were hung, with other hunting scenes, by Louis XV in the Petite Galerie at Versailles and the prints after them were advertised in the Mercure de France in July 1731.
    The other scenes remain unidentified: on the front two riders rest their horses, while on the back two ladies and a gentleman with a servant are out hawking; horses appear on the other two panels, reinforcing the hunting theme.
    The thumbpiece is formed as a ribbon tied into a bow set with diamonds in silver settings. The box was once owned by the Empress Eugénie of France who brought it and at least five other boxes (six are now in the Wallace Collection) to England when she fled into exile in 1870.