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Meissen Chinoiserie snuffbox

Meissen 1730 – 35
Dimensions: 7,5 x 5,5 x 4,9 cm 
No swords mark
Form no. 2 (after Beaucamp-Markowsky 1985 p. 594)

Description


The oval-shaped snuffbox with a slightly curved wall and slightly curved cover is one of the early models of the Meissen manufactory. It was popular in the 1720s and 30s and goes back to silver boxes (Pietsch cat. Röbbig 2013 no. 3).

The imaginative painting is of the finest quality. Colorful scenes of Chinese everyday life – as imagined in 18th Century Europe – are shown in the narrowest space. The golden cartouches are highlighted with mother-of-pearl lustre, the ‘Konsolchinesen’ in purple camaieu. The decoration principle of the box follows the classic Meissen line: fine cartouche painting in front, back and top of the box. The main picture fills the entire surface of the cover inside. Something very special is the bottom, which is decorated with a rare Kakiemon flower pattern.

Within the wide range of Meissen snuffboxes, the early chinoiserie boxes occupy a special position. They are as rare as desired. In contrast to the ‘Kauffahrtei- and Watteau’ boxes only a few pieces have survived.

Please contact us for the complete expertise.

 

Literature


Beaucamp-Markowsky, Barabra: Porzellandosen des 18. Jahrhunderts. München 1985

Pietsch, Ulrich: In: Meissener Tabatieren des 18. Jahrhunderts. Röbbig München 2013

Picture-gallery


Frühe Tabatière mit Chinoiserien
Frühe Tabatière mit Chinoiserien
Frühe Tabatière mit Chinoiserien
  • Description

    The oval-shaped snuffbox with a slightly curved wall and slightly curved cover is one of the early models of the Meissen manufactory. It was popular in the 1720s and 30s and goes back to silver boxes (Pietsch cat. Röbbig 2013 no. 3).

    The imaginative painting is of the finest quality. Colorful scenes of Chinese everyday life – as imagined in 18th Century Europe – are shown in the narrowest space. The golden cartouches are highlighted with mother-of-pearl lustre, the ‘Konsolchinesen’ in purple camaieu. The decoration principle of the box follows the classic Meissen line: fine cartouche painting in front, back and top of the box. The main picture fills the entire surface of the cover inside. Something very special is the bottom, which is decorated with a rare Kakiemon flower pattern.

    Within the wide range of Meissen snuffboxes, the early chinoiserie boxes occupy a special position. They are as rare as desired. In contrast to the ‘Kauffahrtei- and Watteau’ boxes only a few pieces have survived.

    Please contact us for the complete expertise.

     

  • Literature

    Beaucamp-Markowsky, Barabra: Porzellandosen des 18. Jahrhunderts. München 1985

    Pietsch, Ulrich: In: Meissener Tabatieren des 18. Jahrhunderts. Röbbig München 2013

  • Picture-gallery