Although Ducrollay employed all the techniques and materials available to goldsmiths at that time in the creation of his gold boxes, from exquisitely simple engine-turning to hardstone, enamel, porcelain and jewels, his use of fashionable Japanese lacquer is well recorded. His name appears several times in the Livre-journal de Lazare Duvaux, Marchand Bijoutier ordinaire du Roy, 1748-1758, (ed. Jean Cordey, Paris, 1873) in connection with the purchase of Japanese lacquer panels, presumably for insertion into snuff boxes such as this or carnets or other small mounted objects. Another lacquer box of 1752/3 by Ducrollay with very similar flowery gold and enamel mounts further embellished with blue ribbons, is to be found in the Thurn and Taxis Collection (Lorenz Seelig, Golddosen des 18. Jahrhunderts aus dem Besitz der Fürsten von Thurn und Taxis, Munich, 2007, no. 2).
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