Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Louis XVI snuffbox with miniatures

    Louis XVI snuffbox with miniatures

    France, Paris


    Pierre-Francois Mathis de Beaulieu

    Gold, glass, paper; chasing, watercolours painting, gouache painting

    3.3 х 7.1 х 4.3 сm, 121 gr

    Master's mark "P.M.B."; mark of tax farmer Henry Clavel 1780-1782; head turned to the left; three illegible marks


    Louis XVI snuffbox with miniatures in the manner of Lioux de Savignac. Rectangular box with rounded corners, hinged lid, four sides and bottom set with glazed miniatures painted in watercolour and gouache on paper with the scenes depicting castles and gardens with figures in the foreground, the gold cage work mounts chased with inner palmette and outer husk border, gold-lined interior.

    Mathis de Beaulieu was one of the best makers of gold boxes of the late Louis XV and Louis XVI periods.