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Snuffbox with miniature of Alexander I of Russia

Maker:
Box by Jean Georges (or George) (master 1752, died 1765)
Artist:
Miniature by Edward Miles (British, Yarmouth 1752–1828 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1763–64
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Two-color gold, enamel, diamonds; ivory
Dimensions:
Box (wt. confirmed): 3 3/8 × 2 5/8 in., 8.2oz. (8.6 × 6.7 cm, 233g); Miniature: 1 5/8 × 1 1/4 in. (4.1 × 3.2 cm)
Classifications:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum, Miniatures
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1185
Not on view
The oval miniature of Czar Alexander I (1777–1825), painted on ivory covered by glass, may have replaced an eighteenth-century enamel that was damaged or removed in the nineteenth century. Updating of objets de vertu of high craftsmanship and value was commonly done to repurpose items as presentation gifts.
Signature: GEORGE.A.PARIS (on rim)

Marking: [1] crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains de remède, J G, device a five-pointed star (maker's mark, two strikes)
[2] crossed laurel branches (Paris charge mark for gold and small silver, 1762–68)
[3] crowned italic Z (Paris warden's mark, 1763–64)
[4] hound's head (Paris discharge mark for gold and small silver, 1762–68)

Location of marks:
[1]–[3] inside bottom, inside end wall
[4] on insetting rim near hinge
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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