Snuffbox

French (Paris)
About 1750–52
Possibly by Gilles Langlois (French)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

3.17 x 5.08 x 6.98 cm (1 1/4 x 2 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1976.822

Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel

Out on Loan

Out On Loan

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Boxes

The surface of the box is chased with a lattice pattern having engraved surfaces, then enameled “en plein” with rustic landscapes which include ruins, bridges, cottages, and arbors in the manner of Lancret. The central scene on the lid of the box depicts a lady in court dress with her cavalier; doves, symbolizing fleeting love, flutter above.

Provenance

1928, Félix Doistau, Paris; March 18-19, 1928, Doistau sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 110. August 21, 1929, sold by Galerie Founès, Paris, to Robert Treat Paine, 2nd (b. 1861 - d. 1943), Boston; until 1976, by descent within the family; 1976, anonymous year-end gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1977)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift