Èlisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun - Snuff Box with Miniature of Madame du Barry, late 18th century

After Èlisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun (Paris, 1755 - 1842, Paris)

Snuff Box with Miniature of Madame du Barry, late 18th century

Crystal with minature of gouache on ivory, 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)


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Possibly owned by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria (d. 1886)
Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection by 1896.


Inscribed (inside, lid): Indecipherable [possibly an assayer's mark]
Inscribed in ink (on card inside the box): ...Elizabeth / ...XVI France / ...Ludwig collection


Loan Collection of Portraits for the Benefit of the Associated Charities and the North End Union. Exh. Cat. (Boston: Copley Hall, 1896), p. 58, no. 128 (the sitter as Madame Elizabeth of France; as previously owned by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria)
Marianne Roland Michel. "A Note on a Portrait of Madame du Barry." Fenway Court (1980), pp. 20-25, fig. 1. (as after Èlisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, Madame du Barry, dated probably late 18th century)

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