Snuffbox

German, Ludwigsburg
1760–75
Made at Ludwigsburg Manufactory (Germany)


Object Place: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

5.2 x 8.5 cm (2 1/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1983.629

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with molded decoration and polychrome enamels; gilt-metal mounts

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The molded snuffbox is cartouche-shaped in section, with straight sides, a domed cover, and a flat base that is framed by a carved, molded edge cut into the bottom of the box. The outside surface is molded with floral decoration in low relief, on the cover a two-handled, urn-shaped vase is filled with trailing flowers, and around the sides, in lower relief, are flowering branches inhabited by birds. The back panel contains a low basket filled with flowers. Interspersed among the molded decoration are sprays of flowers painted in puce. The bottom of the box, painted in puce monochrome, depicts a walled tower beside an estuary. Beyond it are ships’ masts. In the foreground are several people standing among barrels and a mule with a rider. On the opposite bank is a group of buildings, including a round tower, and ships can be seen in the estuary in the far distance. Painted on the concave surface of the inside of the cover is a classical ruin situated at the edge of a harbor. Several men converse at the base of the columns, and another group in the left middle ground observes two boats at dock. On the far bank is a fortified city. The box is fitted with hinged, gilt-metal mounts and an applied thumbpiece. The mount has a wavy edge on the interior and an engraved repeating X pattern on the exterior. The painting on the base of the box is worn in several places.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus