Snuffbox

Maker: Possibly by Pierre-François-Mathis de Beaulieu (apprenticed 1752, master 1768, active until 1792) (for Jean Georges)

Date: 1764–65

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Gold, enamel

Dimensions: 1 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in. (4.4 x 7.9 x 6cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Gold and Platinum

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.1158

Description

The oval portrait on the cover shows Catherine II. She is surrounded on the four side panels by personifications of a just ruler: strength of spirit, perpetual logic, justice, and wisdom.

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