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Madame du Deffand's Snuff Box with Portrait of Tonton

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000349
Roucel, Louis (d.1787)
Gosset, Isaac (British sculptor, 1713-1799)

Decorative Object
Silver gilt over brass with the portrait in wax
2.7 cm (h) x 7 cm (dia)
Engraved inscription inside: This box with the portrait of her dog Tonton was bequeathed by Madame La Marquise du Diffand to W. Horace Walpole 1780. Inscribed on rim: Roucel Orf du Roy, Paris.
The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Tribune [Cabinet]

1784 Description: In the other glass case:A gold snuff-box with the image in wax of mad. du Deffand's dog, Tonton, whom she bequeathed with this snuff-box and her MSS. to Mr. Walpole. (66)

Sale Text: A circular shaped gold snuff box, engine turned, with the image in wax of Madame la Marquise du Deffand's dog, Tonton, which she bequeathed, with the snuff box and her manuscripts, to Horace Walpole.

Object History

Provenance: 1778 given by Madame de Luxembourg (170787) to Madame Du Deffand(1696-1780); bequeathed to Horace Walpole by Madame Du Deffand; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 15, lot 20, bt Thomas Raikes, Esq, 14.14.0; 1899, June 11, Christie's, Different Properties, lot 106, 23.2.0; 1940, Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co, New York, bt W. S. Lewis, $300; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Exhibition History: "A Treasure House in Farmington." Yale Center for British Art. New Haven, Connecticut. 10/15/1999-1/9/2000.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 169.

Bibliography: HW Corres, 33:235, 7:201.
W. S. Lewis, Horace Walpole, Bollingen Series 35 The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts 9 (New York: Pantheon Books, 1961), 133.
W. S. Lewis, Collector's Progress (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1955), illus, opp. p. 151.
W. S. Lewis, Rescuing Horace Walpole (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978), 151-160.
E.J. Pyke, Biographical Dictionary of Wax Modellers (Supplement) (London: E.J. Pyke, 1981), 12, plate 113A.