Archive documents from the Sèvres porcelain factory, where the porcelain plates were made, reveal that this unique snuffbox was delivered to the king at the end of 1775. It was made by Ménière, one of France's finest goldsmiths who specialised in creating these tiny pieces, and is typical of the luxury items that the king would give as gifts.
The box is rectangular, with cut-off corners, and is decorated with portraits of the royal family painted in medallions on porcelain plates, which are set in a gold casing.
Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette are depicted on the lid, while on the cut-off corners and sides are (from left to right) Louis XV, the Comte and Comtesse d'Artois, Marie Leczinska, Madame Victoire (?) and Madame Sophie (?), the Dauphin, Madame Clotilde and Madame Elisabeth, the Dauphine Marie-Josèphe de Saxe, Madame Adélaïde (?) and Madame Louise, who is easily recognisable by her religious clothing. The Comte and Comtesse de Provence are shown on the base of the box.