Snuff Box

German
probably late 19th century
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)


Dimensions

Overall: 4 x 7 x 4.5 cm (1 9/16 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.2058

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with polychrome enamels and gold; contemporary silver-gilt mounts

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The ovoid box swells at the waist and tapers sharply to an ovoid footring. The lower section is fluted and the recesses are painted with Bottger lustre within gold bands. The exterior and interior of the slightly domed cover are painted with chinoiserie scenes, as is the base, all in a palette of iron red, purple, green, brown, yellow, blue and black. The silver-gilt mounts have a waved thumbpiece.

Markings

Porcelain: crossed swords and K.P.M. in underglaze blue. Mounts: none

Provenance

Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection