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Snuff box or toothpick case
  • Snuff box or toothpick case
  • J. Northam
  • Henri Toutin (1614 - 1683), (miniature of Louis XIV and a Cardinal)
    Ascribed to Jean Petitot, (miniature of Duchesse Louise)
  • London, England
  • 1834 - 1835
  • Gold and enamel
  • Object size: 1.2 x 8.9 x 4.2 cm
    Weight: 123 g
    Object size: 2.8 x 2.4 cm, miniature of the Cardinal
    Object size: 2.3 x 2.1 cm, miniature of Louis XIV
    Object size: 3.2 x 2.8 cm, miniature of Louise de la Vallière
  • Maker's mark: 'IN'
    Signature: 'Toutin fct.'
    Mark: A head in profile
    Mark: A lion's head
    Mark: 't'
    Hallmark: A crown and '18' 18 carat gold mark
  • G75
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Boxes decorated with enamels of French dignitaries of the Ancien Régime were popular in England following the defeat of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo.
    The three portrait miniatures in enamel on the lid depict on the
    right Louis XIV by Henri Toutin, c. 1667-8, in the centre his mistress, the
    duchesse Louise de la Vallière (1644-1710), after Jean Petitot
    (1607-91), probably French 19th century, and on the left Cardinal de Bouillon by a 17th-century follower of Petitot.
    Whilst the elongated rectangular shape of this box might suggest that it was intended for toothpicks, its form was probably dictated by the necessity of incorporating all three miniatures. By the time the box was made, the habit of taking snuff was in decline.