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Snuffbox

Maker:
Charles Le Bastier (French, apprenticed 1738, master 1754, active 1783)
Date:
1773/74
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gold, enamel
Dimensions:
1 1/4 × 2 7/8 in. (3.2 × 7.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1163a, b
Not on view
The translucent bluish gray enamel was applied over an engine-turned ground, a technique that was favored for the decoration of gold boxes during the 1770s and 1780s. Creating dramatic decorative effects, the translucent enamel contrasts with the pink opaque enamel used on the rims.
Inscription: Stamped inside bottom next to marks: 419

Marking: [1] crowned fleur-de-lis, 2 grains de remède, CLB, device a rose (maker's mark for Charles Le Bastier)
[2] rosette of fleurons (Paris charge mark for gold and small silver, 1768–74)
[3] crowned italic K (Paris warden's mark for gold, 1773–74)
[4] little cow (Paris discharge mark for work intended for export, 1765–74[?])
[5] eagle's head in single outline (Paris restricted warranty mark for gold, 1838–47)

Location of marks:
[1]–[3] inside cover, bottom and wall
[4], [5] on bezel, [5] struck twice
J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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