This is a good example of the use of paillons, hitherto a speciality of the Geneva enamellists, by the French goldsmiths during the last decade of the Ancien Régime. Other specimen are illustrated in A. Kenneth Snowman, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe, London, 1966, nos. 395, 406 and in Stefan Bursche, Galanterien, Berlin, 1996, no. 7.
Pierre-Lucien Joitteau struck his mark in 1773 and was last mentioned in 1793.