The Wallace Collection

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  • Lid
  • Jean Petitot , Enameller , (miniatures)
  • Nicolas Huguet, Goldsmith
  • Paris, France
  • 1814 - 1830
  • Gold and enamel, engraved
  • Diameter: 9 cm
  • Mark
    Mark: 'HN' in a diamond shape
    Mark: A child's head with '2'
    Inscription: 2509
    Inscription: 2509
  • G67.2
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Further Reading
  • The extra large size of this box, together with the elaborate engraved ground showing the fleurs-de-lys of France through a lime-green translucent enamel, together with two 17th-century enamel miniatures of Louis XIV by Petitot (one on the lid and one on the base) all show that this is not an 18th-century box. These features indicate what is confirmed by the marks, that this box is typical of the revived interest in the Bourbon monarchy following the return of Louis XVIII to the throne of France in 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. It was bought by the 3rd Marquess of Hertford from George IV’s collection and given by him to his son the 4th Marquess as a present in 1834.