Snuffbox

German
1745–50
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)


Object Place: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

4.4 x 7.9 cm (1 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1983.627

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain molded and decorated in polychrome enamels, with gilt-metal mounts

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The molded, rectangular snuffbox has a flat base, slightly rounded corners, and a slightly domed cover. It is mounted in gilt metal. The exterior of the cover is molded in very low relief with sprays of various flowers, including a rose and forget-me-nots. These are painted in puce, yellow, iron-red, blue, and blue-green, with green foliage. The sides and bottom of the box do not have molded decoration but are painted with similar sprays of flowers. The interior of the cover of the box shows the upper torso of a woman in three-quarter view, seated at a table in a chair with red upholstery. She wears a low-cut black dress and a black veil. To her left, a white poodle sits on the table. The background is a heavily stippled gray, which is lighter around the head of the woman and increasingly dark toward the edges. The hinged gilt-metal mount has a shaped thumbpiece and is engrave on the outside with a pattern of linked ovals against a sunburst ground.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus