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GOLD AND BLOODSTONE SNUFFBOX

On view in: Dacha


About this object

The shape of the box is rectangular with the corners cut off. This creates ten panels of bloodstone enclosed in a gold cage. The top and sides of the cover are bordered by intertwined vines, one of bellflowers, the other of leaves in chased red and green gold in relief on a stippled ground. The bottom is edged by a wavy ribbon in gold relief, the oblique corners are flanked by vertical flutings.

Object name:
GOLD AND BLOODSTONE SNUFFBOX
Made from:
Bloodstone -- gold
Made in:
Paris, France
Date made:
1784
Size:
H. 1 3/16 × W. 2 5/8 × D. 1 15/16 in. (3 × 6.6 × 4.9 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.146
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK: Bird's head facing left (discharge mark of Henry Clavel, fermier 1781-83); Interlaced L's (charge mark of Henry Clavel, in use from 1783-89); Soldier's head facing left (discharge mark of Henry Clavel, in use from 1783-89); Crowned P and 84 (warden's mark for Paris, 1784) LABEL: Louis XVI gold mounted jasper snuffbox Paris 1784 [label inside box, now removed]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973