Snuffbox

German, Fürstenberg
about 1770
Made at Fürstenberg Manufactory (Germany)


Object Place: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

4.4 x 9.1 cm (1 3/4 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1983.630

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The rectangular, molded box has a slightly domed cover that is attached with a gilt-metal mount. The top and sides of the exterior of the box have a dark blue ground, with white reserves that are framed by rocaille ornament in manganese violet heightened with pale green and white. The reserves are painted with both exotic and common birds in simple landscapes in various naturalistic colors including brown, puce, green, blue, and red. On the bottom of the box are depicted two geese and a brightly colored bird (a guinea fowl?) in a simple landscape against a white ground. The interior of the cover shows a more detailed landscape and three birds perched on a branch: a pair of parrots, painted in yellow, red, and blue, and a cockatoo, which has white plumage tinged with red.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus