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:  La Constance l'emporte
Inscribed in black enamel, in back on cover:  Napolitaine en amour
Inscribed in black enamel, on underside:  Le Roÿ Sans Vinqueur [sic]
R. Thornton Wilson (until 1977; bequeathed to MMA)