The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Jean-Joseph Barrière (active between: 1763 - 1793) , Goldsmith
  • After François Boucher (1703 - 1770), (miniatures)
  • Paris, France
  • 1770 - 1771
  • Gold and enamel, chased, painted and chiselled
  • Object size: 2.5 x 5.8 x 4.2 cm
    Weight: 58.2 g
  • Mark: a levret for fermier Jean-Baptiste Fouache (1775-81)
    Maker's mark: 'JJB'
    Warden's mark: 'g' for 1770-1
    Discharge mark: For fermier Julien Alaterre (1768-75)
    Charge mark: For fermier Julien Alaterre (1768-75)
    Date mark: Illegible, perhaps 'g' for 1770-1
    Mark: '771'
    Warranty mark: An eagle's head, for 1838 or later
    Warranty mark: An eagle's head, for 1838 or later
  • G49
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The combination of grisaille scenes, green enamel in imitation of hardstone, and the restrained decoration of the gold all show this box as a fine example of early Neoclassical gold-box design. The decoration may be an early example of gold enamelled to simulate malachite, although other examples do not appear to date from before 1780. The goldsmith, Barrière, is also known to have imitated pink marble.
    The cherubs representing Painting on the lid and Sculpture on the base are after François Boucher (1703-1770).