Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Snuffbox

Date:
1748–49
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gold, enamel
Dimensions:
2 3/4 × 2 1/8 × 1 3/8 in. (7 × 5.4 × 3.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.155.10
Not on view
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: [1] arm (Paris charge mark for gold and small silver, 1744–50); [2] crowned italic H (Paris warden's mark for gold, 1748–49); Stamped on bezel at right end: [3] 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)
Related Objects

Snuffbox

Artist: Louis-Philippe Demay (French, master 1758, died 1772) Date: 1766–67 Medium: Gold, enamel Accession: 17.190.1200 On view in:Not on view

Snuffbox

Artist: Jean Ducrollay (French, born 1709, master 1734, recorded 1760) Date: 1753–54 Medium: Gold, lacquer, enamel Accession: 17.190.1161 On view in:Not on view

Snuffbox

Artist: Mathieu Coiny fils (born 1723, master 1755, recorded 1788) Date: 1759–60 Medium: Gold, enamel, jewels Accession: 17.190.1191 On view in:Not on view

Snuffbox with six scenes of putti at play

Artist: Jean Georges (or George) (master 1752, died 1765) Date: ca. 1761–62 Medium: Gold, grisaille enamel, diamonds Accession: 17.190.1125 On view in:Not on view

Snuffbox

Artist: Jean Marie Tiron (called Tiron de Nanteuil) (French, active 1748–73, died 1793 (?)) Date: 1767–68 Medium: Gold, enamel, diamonds Accession: 17.190.1110 On view in:Gallery 616