The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Ignatius Peter Krafft , Enameller
  • Germany, Hanau
  • c. 1780-85
  • Gold and enamel
  • Object size: 3.5 x 8.3 x 6 cm
    Weight: 183.6 g
  • Warden's mark: Crowned 'E', for 1768-9, imitation
    Warden's mark: Crowned 'C', for 1766-7, imitation
    Charge mark: A laurel wreath or palm, for fermier J.J. Prévost 1762-8, imitation
    Discharge mark: imitation
    Signature: 'Kruffe pinx.'
    Mark: Import mark
  • G88
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Although this box has been described in the past as having been made in Geneva, ‘for the Turkish court’, or France, or Switzerland, it has recently been discovered that the signature on the front panel of the box, ‘Krafft pinx’, is that of Ignatius Peter Krafft, an enameller who worked in Hanau from 1779 until his departure to Vienna in 1799. It is extremely rare to find enamels on gold boxes signed by the artist.
    The monochrome rose-coloured enamels encircle a polychrome port scene in the centre of the lid. Five more monochrome panels in the same ‘rose-camaïeu’ depict various landscape and marine views, all framed in gold enamelled with berries and leaves in translucent red, green and opaque turquoise