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Snuffbox with the Family of Louis XV
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Snuffbox with the Family of Louis XV


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Description The box is decorated with images of the children of Louis XV and Queen Marie Leszczynska: Louise-Elizabeth and Marie-Adelaide (on the cover); Victoire-Louise and Sophie-Philippine (on the base); Louis the dauphin with a kite (on the front); Louise-Marie holding a battledore and shuttlecock for a racquet game (on the left end); and Philippe, duke of Anjou blowing bubbles (on the right end). As Philippe died in 1733, the images must be based on earlier portraits. The framework of the box appears to date from the 19th century.
Exhibitions
  • Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
Provenance Zoé Victoire Talon, Comtesse du Cayla (1785-1852), Paris; Maurice Kann, Paris; Charles J. Wertheimer; Sale, Christie's, London, May 9, 1912, no. 14; Jacques Seligmann, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] on each panel: Dailly [Marks] of J.J. Barrière [dated] 1767
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1912

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Period
1767
Medium
gold, painted enamel
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.136
Measurements
H: 1 15/16 x W: 2 1/2 in. (5 x 6.3 cm)
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