Sugar Box and Cover

German
1723–24
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)


Object Place: Meissen, Germany

Dimensions

Overall: 7.9 x 11.4 x 8.8cm (3 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 3 7/16in.)

Accession Number

65.2038a-b

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The sugar box has an oblong octagonal body with a conforming stepped cover peaked in the center and surmounted by an octagonal finial. The sides and cover are painted in purple, iron red, green, yellow, brown, blue, puce, and black with chinoiserie figures engaged in various activities in abbreviated landscapes that include plants, animals, and insects. The scene on the cover is bordered by panels of flowers and two diapered iron-red bands. Gold bands decorate the foot rim and shoulder of the box and the rim and mid-section of the cover. The inside rims of the cover and body are painted gold, as is the foot.

Markings

K.P.M. with crossed swords below in underglaze blue; 86. in gold. Cover: 86. in gold.

Provenance

By 1944, the Art Exchange, New York; April 1, 1944, sold by the Art Exchange 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)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection