A FINE LOUIS XV GOLD SNUFF-BOX
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A FINE LOUIS XV GOLD SNUFF-BOX

BY JEAN DUCROLLAY (FL. 1734-1761), MARKED, PARIS, 1754/1755, WITH THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF JULIEN BERTHE 1750-1756

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A FINE LOUIS XV GOLD SNUFF-BOX
BY JEAN DUCROLLAY (FL. 1734-1761), MARKED, PARIS, 1754/1755, WITH THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE MARKS OF JULIEN BERTHE 1750-1756
ingot-shaped box, the cover, sides and base engine-turned with a bold trellis-work pattern with bands of diagonal wavy reeding, bright-cut rims
2 in. (52 mm.) wide
1¾ oz. (52 gr.)
Provenance
Christie's, Geneva, 10 November 1987, lot 373
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Lot Essay

Jean Ducrollay (b. 1709) was among the most esteemed and prolific 18th Century Parisian goldsmiths. When he entered his mark on 26 July 1734 his address was originally Rue Lamoignon, and by 1748 he was living in the Place Dauphine. The Corporation of Goldsmiths named him Commissaire du grand bureau des pauvres. His outstanding reputation is praised by A.K. Snowman (Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe, London, 1966, p. 77): 'Many of the most beautiful gold boxes produced in the reign of Louis XV were made in the workshop of Jean Ducrollay, and his is the name that first suggests itself both for unvarying brilliance and craftsmanship and freshness of design'. Works by Ducrollay are in the collections of the Louvre, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Connoisseurs during the Louis XV period would have called this type of box a journée, describing a box just large enough to contain snuff for a single day.

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