Snuffbox with a breast ornament with a portrait of Queen Mary, Henri La Pierre, 1752

Snuffbox with a breast ornament with a portrait of Queen Mary, Henri La Pierre, 1752

gold (metal), h 3.2cm × l 7.0cm × w 6.2cm. More details

Miniature portraits of rulers played an important role in 17th-century diplomacy. An unusual variant arose around 1670 in which the miniatures were set in diamonds. This breast ornament was a gift from Queen Mary, consort of King-Stadtholder William III, to a confidante. It was later mounted on the lid of a gold snuffbox.

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