Beautiful oval snuffbox decorated with green enamel. The hinged lid is decorated with a fine geometric “barley grain” pattern and covered with translucent green enamel. In the center is a multicolored enamel medallion featuring the portrait of a young woman in a yellow dress and mauve wrap. She is wearing a hat with yellow feathers over a crown of roses set on her naturally descending hair. A landscape is lightly sketched behind her. The composition is framed with a frieze of leaves and stylized flowers highlighted with multicolored and opalescent enamel on a matte gold background. The body of the box is composed of four green enamel panels that are interspaced with varying motifs: a basket of flowers, a cage and a dove, musical instruments, and a quiver and heart. These images are symbolic of Cupid and Hymen and underscore the sentimental value of this piece.
Weight: 3.8 oz (108 g)
Length: 2.5 in (6.4 cm)
Width: 1.8 in (4.5 cm)
Height: 1.3 in (3.3 cm)
Guarantee mark: Letter date J
Charge mark: Prevost (1762-1768)
Release mark: Tête de vanneau (Peewit bird head)
These are most likely prestigious Swiss marks.
Swiss craftsmanship from the second half of the 18th century.
A few small marks of wear on the central medallion.