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Become a Patron of the Choiseul Snuffbox at the Louvre!

The choiseul snuffbox is a true masterpiece and one of the most famous french 18th century objects in the world. this year, the Louvre’s crowdfunding campaign aims to raise 1.2 million euro to acquire this national treasure.

The paragon of goldsmithery, the Choiseul Snuffbox is painted on its six sides with miniatures of unrivaled quality. Held in the palm of one’s hand, we observe a male character in his Parisian hotel; in his office in Versailles and in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre.

The man portrayed is the Duc de Choiseul, powerful minister of Louis XV, and each vignette is a glimpse into his day: getting dressed, working alone, in conversation with his clerks, or contemplating his painting collections.

Louis-Nicolas Van Blarenberghe, who was de Choiseul’s battle painter, created the snuffbox from 1770 to 1771, at the time of the Minister’s brutal disgrace and exile from the Court, but the circumstances of the commission remain a mystery. Was it a personal commission from Choiseul? The image of a lost happiness? A comforting gift from his friends?

Please join American Friends of the Louvre in supporting the acquisition of this treasure and ensuring its future display to the public in the galleries of the Louvre.