INTERPOL has issued an alert that Belgian Police are searching for 18th and 19th century snuffboxes and boxes stolen December 30 from a Namur residence in the south of Belgium (INTERPOL added 56 stolen items to its Works of Art Database).
One of the snuffboxes (dated 1795-1797), pictured to the left, is made of gold, diamonds, and translucent blue enamel. On the lid is a portrait of Napoleon painted on ivory. It is signed 'AUGUSTIN'. The jeweller is identified as Adrien Jean Maximilien Vachette, the French goldsmith. The snuffbox is engraved with "No. 35.E", the same number handwritten on a sticker inside the case that bears the coat of arms of the emperor.