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Double snuffbox

Maker:
Jean Ducrollay (French, born 1709, master 1734, recorded 1760)
Date:
1749–50
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gold, enamel, vellum, gouache, glass
Dimensions:
H. 1-3/4 × W. 3-3/16 × D. 2-1/4 in. (4.4 × 8.1 × 5.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.155.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 545
Each miniature on this double box depicts a member of the French Royal family. Portraits of Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska are inside the two lids. On the outside are their children: "Mesdames," the five unmarried daughters; the Dauphin, the Duchess of Parma, and their families.
Marking: [1] crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains de remède, JD, device a heart (maker's mark)
[2] arm (Paris charge mark for gold and small silver, 1744-50)
[3] crowned italic I (Paris warden's mark for gold, 1749-50)
[4] salmon's head (Paris discharge mark for small gold and silver, 1744-50)
[5] hen's head (Paris discharge mark for small gold and silver 1750-56)

Location of marks:
[1], [2]: inside bottom of lower compartment
[3]: inside bottom of both compartments
[4], [5]: on insetting cover rim of lower compartment, on left end
unidentified member of the Hapsburg family ; Duc de Mouchy , Paris (until 1936/7; to Bensimon) ; [ Gaston Bensimon , from 1936/7; to Sassoon ] ; Mrs. Meyer Sassoon , London (1937–after 1938) ; D. Bingham , New York ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1976; to MMA)
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