This enameled and engraved gold snuffbox dates to the mid-eighteenth century. The wavy stripes have been created from an alternating pattern of black and red enamel engraved with floral motifs and the pattern is reminiscent of the floral designs found in silk cloth of the period. The black and red enamel also evokes the translucent effects of Chinese and Japanese lacquer, a material that was highly prized as an exotic luxury good among the eighteenth-century European elite.
[Dr. Iris Moon, 2015]
Inscription: Sticker inside cover: COLLEZIONE S•BULGARI•ROMA/Parigi/1748-or./Jean Charles Ducrollay
Marking: Stamped inside bottom, right wall, and cover:  arm (Paris charge mark for gold and small silver, 1744–50);  crowned italic H (Paris warden's mark for gold, 1748–49); Stamped on bezel at right end:  salmon's head (Paris discharge mark for gold and small silver, 1744–50)
S. Bulgari , Rome ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1976; to MMA)