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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Louis Roucel (+1787) , Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1767 - 1768
  • Gold, enamel and turtleshell, piqué and chased
  • Object size: 3.8 x 7.6 x 5.8 cm
    Weight: 177.8 g
  • Maker's mark: 'L.R'
    Warden's mark: Either 'E' for 1768-9 or 'C' for 1766-7
    Charge mark: For fermier Jean-Jacques Prévost (1762-68)
    Discharge mark: A head with a helmet, perhaps for fermier Julien Alaterre (1768-75)
    Date mark: 'D', for 1767-8
    Discharge mark: a lyre for fermier Henri Clavel (1781-89)
    Date mark
    Mark: a spade
  • G41
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The piqué panels on this box date from well before it was made, and were probably cut from a larger piece, forming part of a now unidentifiable object such as a casket or a small piece of furniture. They may be French but it is also possible that they have an Italian origin, as Naples was a great centre for this kind of work in the eighteenth century. There is a certain ‘japonaiserie’ style to the panels – they appear to imitate Japanese lacquer - which perhaps suggests a date in the first quarter of the eighteenth century for their manufacture.
    The box is also mounted with ten panels of gold enamelled in translucent green. The gold cagework supporting these is beautifully decorated with a chased border of acanthus leaves, framed by a continuous border of lambrequins alternating with quatrefoils. In shape and appearance it is testament to the emerging popularity of Neoclassical design in France in the later 1760s.