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Snuffbox

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1819-1832 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morel, Gabriel-Raoul (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted enamel, chased gold, silver, emeralds and diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.1048-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The rustic scenes are in the style of the Flemish painter, David Teniers the Younger (1610-90), whose paintings were an extremely popular source of inspiration for enamel artists. Dutch painting was particularly fashionable in France in the mid-18th century.

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde amassed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

Rectangular snuffbox with six enamel plaques painted with citizens and peasants feasting and carousing, after David Teniers the Younger. The gold mounts are chased with shells, scrolls and foliage. The thumbpiece consists of emeralds and diamonds in silver settings.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1819-1832 (made)

Artist/maker

Morel, Gabriel-Raoul (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted enamel, chased gold, silver, emeralds and diamonds

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Gabriel-Raoul Morel, goldsmith registered in Paris, 10 July, 1797-1832

Post-Revolutionary unofficial standard mark 18-carat gold, Paris

Third standard mark for gold, Paris, 16 August, 1819 - 9 May, 1838

Excise mark for gold, Paris, 16 August, 1819 - 9 May, 1838

Dimensions

Width: 8.0 cm, Depth: 6.6 cm, Height: 4.3 cm

Descriptive line

Rectangular gold snuffbox with six enamel-painted scenes; Gabriel-Raoul Morel, Paris, 1819-32.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Truman, Charles. The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, volume II. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 1999, cat. no. 12, pp. 29-30. ISBN.0856675210

Labels and date

4. Snuffbox with wedding feast, 1819–32
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.1048-2008 [16/11/2016]

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Diamond; Emerald; Silver

Techniques

Chasing; Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Figures; Shells; Leisure; Pilasters; Festivities; Scrolls; Peasants; Interior views

Categories

Personal accessories; Metalwork; Containers

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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