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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 174

    A MEISSEN GOLD-MOUNTED CIRCULAR SNUFF-BOX

    CIRCA 1750, THE MOUNTS CONTEMPORARY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MEISSEN GOLD-MOUNTED CIRCULAR SNUFF-BOX
    CIRCA 1750, THE MOUNTS CONTEMPORARY
    The exterior moulded and decorated in purple and gilt with an Oriental fretwork pattern, the cover interior finely stippled, perhaps by Johann Jacob Wagner, with Andromeda scantily clad and chained to a cliff on the right, a sea monster emerging from waves on the left, Perseus in flight above in winged sandals and holding a shield with Medusa's head and a spear, poised to rescue her (exterior with minute areas of wear)
    3 1/8 in. (8.1 cm.) diam.


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    The factory records make frequent mention of Wagner's skill as a miniaturmahler, and in particular of his role as a painter of lids for snuff-boxes.

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    Provenance

    Lovell Collection
    Mrs. Angela Cooper Collection, sale Christie's, 29th March 1976, lot 205
    Anon., sale Christie's, 27th June 2005, lot 125.