31 March 2008
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.
Mrs. Angela Cooper Collection, sale Christie's, 29th March 1976, lot 205
Anon., sale Christie's, 27th June 2005, lot 125.
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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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