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Snuffbox

Factory:
Vienna
Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
Date:
ca. 1735
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain, gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/16 × 3 3/16 × 2 11/16 in. (5.2 × 8.1 × 6.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Bequest of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of his wife, Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.216.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
The complex decorative schemes on this box, including four hands of playing cards on the lid, a game of chess in progress on the underside, and three enigmatic inscriptions, suggest that it was commissioned as an intimate gift and expresses a coded message that cannot be easily deciphered today.
Inscription: Inscribed in black enamel, in front on cover: [1] La Constance l'emporte

Inscribed in black enamel, in back on cover: [2] Napolitaine en amour

Inscribed in black enamel, on underside: [3] Le Roÿ Sans Vinqueur [sic]
R. Thornton Wilson (until 1977; bequeathed to MMA)
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