A Louis XVI gold mounted lacquer panel box, Paris 1782

A Louis XVI gold mounted lacquer panel box, Paris 1782

1782 France

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A French Louis XVI gold mounted lacquer panel box, Paris 1782.
This is a very rare example of a French gold, enamel & lacquer snuff box. This octagonal box comprising of ten Japanese lacquer panels is hallmarked for Paris 1782.
There is a comparable box in the Wallace Collection by Louis Roucel, Paris 1764-66 (No.33 P.152-3 in The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Gold Boxes by Charles Truman).
According to Kenneth Snowman's book, 'Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe', Japanese lacquer was imported by the East India Company as early as the middle of the 17th Century and some of this work was used for the walls of the finest gold snuff boxes. The majority of Japanese lacquer found its way to Europe on Dutch ships sailing from the island of Deshima in Nagasaki, which was a Dutch sphere of influence until Japan was opened up in 1868.
Height 2.50 cm (0.98 inches)
Width 7.50 cm (2.95 inches)
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Gold & lacquer
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