• 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 89

    A GILT-METAL MOUNTED MEISSEN PORCELAIN SNUFF-BOX AND COVER

    THE PORCELAIN POSSIBLY 18TH CENTURY, THE DECORATION POST 1802

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GILT-METAL MOUNTED MEISSEN PORCELAIN SNUFF-BOX AND COVER
    THE PORCELAIN POSSIBLY 18TH CENTURY, THE DECORATION POST 1802
    Of lobed demi-lune inverted conical form, the front, back, cover and bottom painted in the style of B.G. Häuer with miners at various activities, the interior of the cover with two miners supporting the arms of Saxony and Poland, the mount chased with a flowering vine trailing around a striated ribbon
    2¾ in. (7 cm.) high; 3½ in. (6.5 cm.) wide


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    For examples of Meissen painted with scenes depicting Saxon miners, see D. Fabian, Meissener Porzellan mit Bergmannsmotiven im 18.Jahrhundert, Bad Neustadt/Saale 1999; R. Slotta et al., Ein fein bergmannig Porcelan Abbilder vom Bergbau in 'weissem Gold', exhibition catalogue, Porzellansammlung in Dresdner Zwinger, 28 February - 23 May 1999 for other snuff boxes similarly decorated with mining scenes; also The Property of a Gentleman, Christie's, London, 8 November 1999, lot 295 for a gilt-metal mounted trefoil box painted with scenes similar to those on the present example.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 8 June 1999, lot 137 (as Meissen circa 1760).