Gold Box


This gold box is enamelled with vivid scenes of country life and exotic birds. The cover is signed ‘Le Sueur’. This provides a rare opportunity to put a name to one of the many enamel painters who decorated the finest Paris work.

Inside, a miniature of John, Marquis of Granby adorns the lid. The box would have been used to hold snuff, a type of powdered tobacco.

Gold Box

 

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Gold Box

Paris, 1750-3
Enamelled by Le Sueur
Gold and enamel
Jones Bequest
V&A: 910-1882

Design for the cover of a box

 





This design for a snuff box is signed ‘leseure fesit’ (‘Leseure made it’). It also has figures similar in style to those on the box. Although the signature is very different from that on the box, the design is probably by the same artist.

Enamelled boxes signed by Le Sueur range in date from 1750 to 1761.

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Design for the cover of a box

By Le Sueur
Paris, 1750-61
Pen and wash
Signed ‘Leseure fesit’
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund and the Goldsmiths' Company
V&A: E.176-1938

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

 

The portrait of Lord Granby (1721-70) in the box is by the miniature painter Jeremiah Meyer after a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Lord Granby made his name during the Seven Years War in Germany as a successful cavalry commander.

John Manners, Marquess of Granby

 

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John Manners, Marquess of Granby

London, 1760
Mezzotint by Richard Houston
After a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds of about 1758-60
V&A: 26703

Victoria & Albert Museum, London