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.
Enamelled by Le Sueur
Gold and enamel
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.
By Le Sueur
Pen and wash
Signed Leseure fesit
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund and the Goldsmiths' Company
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.