A LOUIS XVI ENAMELED VARICOLOR GOLD OVAL SNUFF BOX, MELCHIOR-RENE BARRE, PARIS, 1779
the cover mounted with an enamel miniature of a classical warrior showing a document to a seated woman, decorated with panels of translucent royal blue enamel over engine-turned lines and dots, the borders chased with entrelac and beads on matted ground
marked inside base, side and cover with maker’s mark, charge mark of Jean-Baptiste Fouache, date letter for 1779, head of Alexander discharge on the rim
length 3⅛ in.
Blue enamel restored throughout. The enamel miniature and chased borders good.
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Melchior Rene Barre was apprenticed to Jean Frémin on 9 January 1751. He is listed in 1772 at Place Dauphine, and in 1774 at Quai des Orfèvres. In 1780, he was made Garde, 1781 at rue St. Honoré and later in 1786 at Quai de l'École, where he is still listed in 1791, but he is no longer listed in 1792 (Nocq Le Poinçon de Paris, pp. 70-71).