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Dec
20

Objet d’art: French and German enamelled boxes at the Louvre, Paris

December 2020

 

J.M. Tiron (goldsmith) 'Cage-mounted snuffbox with lacquer panels' Paris, 1761-1762

 

J.M. Tiron (goldsmith)
Cage-mounted snuffbox with lacquer panels
Paris, 1761-1762
Gold, lacquer
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

 

I love boxes. Enamelled boxes, gold boxes, silver boxes, wooden boxes, Persian boxes, Chinese boxes, Japanese boxes… any type of small box. They are just so beautiful, sensual in the hand.

My friend Terrence likes boxes.

This posting is for Terrence.

Marcus

PS. These boxes were made during the reign of Louis XV of France. Historians generally criticise his reign, citing how reports of his corruption embarrassed the monarchy and wars drained the treasury and contributed to the French Revolution of 1789. No wonder there was a revolution: just as with Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his patronage of the jeweller Fabergé, it is always a question of the haves and the have nots.

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All iPhone images © Dr Marcus Bunyan. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

 

A. Filassier. 'Snuffbox with oriental temple' Paris, 1742-1743

 

A. Filassier
Snuffbox with oriental temple
Paris, 1742-1743
Gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Jean Ducrollay (goldsmith) 'Snuffbox' Paris, 1750-1752

 

Jean Ducrollay (goldsmith)
Snuffbox
Paris, 1750-1752
Gold, agate
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

N. Bouillerut (goldsmith) 'Snuffbox' Paris, 1731-1732

 

N. Bouillerut (goldsmith)
Snuffbox
Paris, 1731-1732
Gold, agate
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

P.F. Delafons. 'Architectural views' 1747-1750

 

P.F. Delafons
Architectural views
1747-1750
Chiseled and enamelled gold
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

 

J.F. Breton
Gallant conversation
Paris, 1753-1754
Two-coloured gold, diamonds
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

D.F. Pointreau. 'Military themes' Paris, 1759-1760

 

D.F. Pointreau
Military themes
Paris, 1759-1760
Four-coloured gold (white, yellow, green, rose), diamonds, emeralds
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.M. Lequin and C. Perron. 'Nymphs and tritons' Paris, 1750-1752

 

J.M. Lequin and C. Perron
Nymphs and tritons
Paris, 1750-1752
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.M. Lequin. 'Birds' Paris, 1749-50

 

J.M. Lequin
Birds
Paris, 1749-1750
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Jean Ducrollay. 'Children', after Boucher Paris, 1754-1755

Jean Ducrollay. 'Children', after Boucher Paris, 1754-1755

 

Jean Ducrollay
Children, after Boucher
Paris, 1754-1755
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Jean Moynat. 'Amorous scenes' 1753-1754

 

Jean Moynat
Amorous scenes
1753-1754
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.M. Lequin. 'Minerva, Mercury, Pegasus' 1750-1752

 

J.M. Lequin
Minerva, Mercury, Pegasus
1750-1752
Gold, guilloche enamels, painted enamels
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

 

Sweet boxes and snuffboxes, gifts of the king and royal portraits, 1668-1781

 

P.F. Drais (goldsmith) 'Louis XV' 1768-1769

 

P.F. Drais (goldsmith)
Louis XV
1768-1769
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.M. Nattier (attributed) 'Marie Leczinska' Paris, 1775-1781

 

J.M. Nattier (attributed)
Marie Leczinska
Paris, 1775-1781
Atelier des Martin, vernisseurs
Gold
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.M. Nattier (attributed) 'Marie Leczinska' Paris, 1775-1781

 

J.M. Nattier (attributed)
Marie Leczinska
Paris, 1775-1781
Atelier des Martin, vernisseurs
Gold
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

 

Chased and enamelled gold snuffboxes with compartments

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box with flowers
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Jean Ducrollay. 'The Chariot of Venus' Paris, 1755-1756

 

Jean Ducrollay
The Chariot of Venus
Paris, 1755-1756
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Jean Moynat. 'Basket of fruit and flowers' Paris, 1754-1755

 

Jean Moynat
Basket of fruit and flowers
Paris, 1754-1755
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Jean Moynat. 'Musical subjects' Paris, 1758-1759

 

Jean Moynat
Musical subjects
Paris, 1758-1759
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Noel Harivilliers. 'Figures on greenery' Paris, 1752-1753

 

Noel Harivilliers
Figures on greenery
Paris, 1752-1753
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Jean George. 'Rustic scenes' Paris, 1755-1756

Jean George. 'Rustic scenes' Paris, 1755-1756

 

Jean George
Rustic scenes
Paris, 1755-1756
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

Paul Robert. 'Still lifes' Paris, 1763-1764

Paul Robert. 'Still lifes' Paris, 1763-1764

 

Paul Robert
Still lifes
Paris, 1763-1764
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Jean Ducrollay. 'Flowers and fruit' Paris, 1756-1757

 

Jean Ducrollay
Flowers and fruit
Paris, 1756-1757
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

 

Enamelled gold snuffboxes with genre scenes

 

 Installation view of French enamelled boxes, Louvre, Paris

 

Installation view of French enamelled boxes, Louvre, Paris
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view of French enamelled boxes, Louvre, Paris

 

Installation view of French enamelled boxes, Louvre, Paris
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view of French enamelled boxes, Louvre, Paris

 

Installation view of French enamelled boxes, Louvre, Paris
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

'The Spoilt Child', after Greuze Paris 1768-1769

 

The Spoilt Child, after Greuze
Paris 1768-1769
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.M. Tiron. 'Rest', after Greuze Paris, 1766-1767

J.M. Tiron. 'Rest', after Greuze Paris, 1766-1767

 

J.M. Tiron
Rest, after Greuze
Paris, 1766-1767
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

French enamelled box

 

French enamelled box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

 

German hardstone boxes

 

Installation view of German hardstone boxes, Louvre, Paris

 

Installation view of German hardstone boxes, Louvre, Paris
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.C. Neuber (goldsmith) 'Tablet case' Dresden, c. 1775-1780

 

J.C. Neuber (goldsmith)
Tablet case
Dresden, c. 1775-1780
Gold, diamonds, hard stones
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.C. Neuber (goldsmith) 'Snuffbox' Dresden, c. 1770-1780

 

J.C. Neuber (goldsmith)
Snuffbox
Dresden, c. 1770-1780
Gold, agate, tourmaline
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

J.C. Neuber (goldsmith) 'Snuffbox' Dresden, c. 1760-1770

 

J.C. Neuber (goldsmith)
Snuffbox
Dresden, c. 1760-1770
Gold, hard stones
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

German hardstone box

German hardstone box

 

German hardstone box
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

German hardstone box

 

German hardstone box
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

 

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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