Snuffbox

French (Paris)
1758-1759
Made by Jean Moynat (French, working 1745 - 1761)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall: 2.9 x 8.1 x 5.9 cm (1 1/8 x 3 3/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

47.1556

Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Gold

Rectangular, cisele in three-tone floral decoration in scroll panels on six surfaces; rubies and diamonds in raised silver clasp. Gift inscription of 1843 in cover.

Inscription

Inscribed inside cover: "Presented / to John Gorman, Esqre MD / as a token of regard from his friends / J. Osborne, C. S. Campbell, F. Margan, W. Oldham, C. D. Gordon, F. Heald, J. W. Burdon, Geo. Thuelllier, Geo. Suter / Port St. Marys / Cadiz / 30th June 1843"

Markings

Marks in cover and box: maker's, charge, and date letter; on bezel; discharge (Eloi Brichard) and twice-stamped eagle's head of 1838; incuse "546" on left bezel near hinge.

Provenance

June 30, 1843, presented as a gift to Dr. John Gorman (d. 1870), Port St. Mary, Cadiz, Spain, and London [see note 1]. Early 20th century, probably acquired in Europe by Delia Spencer (Mrs. Marshall) Field (b. 1854 - d. 1937), Paris and Washington, DC; by inheritance to her niece, Catherine Spencer Eddy (Mrs. Albert J.) Beveridge (b. 1881 - d. 1970), Beverly Farms, MA; 1948, gift of Mrs. Beveridge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1948)

NOTES:
[1] The box is inscribed inside its cover: "Presented / to John Gorman, Esqre MD / as a token of regard from his friends / J. Osborne, C. S. Campbell, F. Margan, W. Oldham, C. D. Gordon, F. Heald, J. W. Burdon, Geo. Thuellier, Geo. Suter / Port St. Marys / Cadiz / 30th June 1843." Dr. Gorman was an English wine merchant and importer.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge in memory of Delia Spencer Field