Snuffbox

German
about 1775
Made at Nymphenburg Manufactory (Germany)


Dimensions

Overall: 4.1 x 9 x 6.4 cm (1 5/8 x 3 9/16 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

65.2104

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration; silver-gilt mounts

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Oval Box with Cover, silver gilt mountings with oval medallion of the bust of Elector Maximilian III in relief on blue ground, surrounded by embossed gilt leafage, inside of cover decorated with flowers and landscape sides and borders decorated with embossed garlands and gilt, underneath also decorated with flowers. Mark: impressed shield inside. Auliczek the Elder, sculptor to the Court of Max Joseph III from 1772.

Markings

impressed shield

Provenance

Baron Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (b. 1843 - d. 1940), Frankfurt [see note 1]; about 1949/1950, probably sold by the heirs of Goldschmidt-Rothschild to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York [see note 2]; January 5, 1950, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] In November 1938 Nazi authorities forced Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild to sell his art collection to the city of Frankfurt. Upon his death in 1940, the objects were transferred to and accessioned by various city museums. After the war, his heirs succeeded in legally voiding the 1938 sale and recuperating the collection, which was sent to the United States. See "Important French Furniture & Objets d'Art," Goldschmidt-Rothschild estate sale, part one, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 10-11, 1950, prefatory note.

[2] Rosenberg and Stiebel sold a number of works of art for members of the Rothschild family at this time.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection