• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 90

    A GILT-METAL MOUNTED GERMAN PORCELAIN SNUFF-BOX AND REPLACEMENT COVER

    THE BOX CIRCA 1770, MEISSEN OR PERHAPS BERLIN, THE COVER POST 1802

    Price Realised  

    A GILT-METAL MOUNTED GERMAN PORCELAIN SNUFF-BOX AND REPLACEMENT COVER
    THE BOX CIRCA 1770, MEISSEN OR PERHAPS BERLIN, THE COVER POST 1802
    The cover, front and back painted with couples in landscapes in the manner of Jean Antoine Watteau reserved within cartouches of drapery and ribbons issuing branches and supported at each side with vases of flowers atop torchères, the bottom with a maiden seated in a landscape vignette, the interior of the cover possibly by Johann Martin Heinrici with a portrait of Augustus the Strong wearing a cuirass and ermine-lined purple cape, the Polish Order of the White Eagle on his chest
    2¼ in. (8.3 cm.) wide


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    For a rectangular Meissen box circa 1755, the cover painted on the interior with a similar portrait attributed to Heinrici, see Barbara Beauchamp-Markowsky, Porzellandosen des 18. Jahrhunderts, Munich, 1985, cat. no. 111.

    It is possible for the replacement cover to have been made by the same manufacturer and decorated in the same workshop that produced the box.