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SNUFFBOX

Made by: Unknown

Currently in storage


About this object

The oval box is hinged. On the cover is an upright oval medallion containing the partly nude seated figures of Hercules and Omphale. He wears a red drapery, and she wears a yellow drapery. He holds a tamborine. This is done in painted enamel. On the rim of the cover, sides and bottom is an enamel band made of a white ribbon with green leaves intertwined with sprays of green leaves with pale blue fleurettes. The panels on the cover, sides and bottom are enamelled in dark red.

Object name:
SNUFFBOX
Made from:
Gold -- enamel
Made in:
Switzerland
Date made:
ca. 1751-1791
Size:
1 1/4 × 3 5/8 × 2 3/8 in. (3.2 × 9.2 × 6 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.7
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK Inside cover: Fleurette (imitation of Julien Alaterre's charge mark of 1768-74); Crowned K (imitating the Warden's mark for Paris 1773-74); FS (unrecorded maker's mark, unlike French maker's marks of the 18th c.); inner rim struck twice: Bird's head? (Possibly imitating the discharge mark of Antoine Leschaudel, 1744-50)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973