The Wallace Collection

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Tooth pick case
  • Tooth pick case
  • Pierre-Lucien Joitteau , Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1781 - 1782
  • Gold, chased
  • Object size: 2.2 x 9.5 x 3.3 cm
    Weight: 106.1 g
  • Maker's mark: 'F.J.L.' Stamped
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'S' for 1781-2
    Charge mark: Interlaced 'L', for Henri Clavel 1781-3
    Discharge mark
  • G61
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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Further Reading
  • Boxes of this elongated form are generally considered to have been intended to hold tooth picks. They are frequently referred to as patch boxes, and both sometimes had mirrors on the inside of the lid. However, boxes like this one which do not include a mirror were almost certainly intended for tooth picks and it must be assumed that the highly polished gold inside the lid provided sufficient reflection to enable the user to see what he, or she, were doing.
    The decoration includes a border of yellow gold ‘pearls’ with red gold flowers and scrolling foliage. The walls are divided by four musical trophies in red and yellow gold.