Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Box with portrait of a whippet

Maker:
Probably by Joseph Étienne Blerzy (French, active 1750–1806)
Artist:
Miniature by Jean-Baptiste Isabey (French, Nancy 1767–1855 Paris)
Date:
late 18th century
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gold, ivory, glass
Dimensions:
1/2 x 3 7/16 x 1 3/8 in. (1.3 x 8.7 x 3.5cm); Miniature (sight): 1 1/8 × 2 1/4 in. (2.9 × 5.7 cm)
Classifications:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum, Miniatures
Credit Line:
Bequest of Catherine D. Wentworth, 1948
Accession Number:
48.187.444
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 530
Signature: Signed on miniature at lower left, in black: Isabey

Marking: [1] JEB within a diamond (maker's mark); [2] child's head and numeral 2 (Paris mark for 2nd standard gold, in use 1797); [3] cock and 2 in oval (Paris mark for 2nd standard gold, 1798–1809); [4] bearded head and 85 in circle (Paris medium excise mark for gold and silver, 1798–1809).

Location of marks:
[1], [2] inside rim and bottom of box
[3], [4] outside on rim of box
Catherine D. Wentworth (until 1948; to MMA)
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