8 December 2003
A St. Cloud silver-mounted snuff-box
Circa 1740, the mounts contemporary
Modelled as a fantastic beast, its ribbed shell enriched with gilt dot ornament and moulded with a line of flowerheads, its body moulded with a flower-spray above each foot and above its head, its head with large ears and a moulded flowerhead on its forehead, its eyes and nose enriched with black enamel and its mouth with a red line, the cover moulded with three flower-sprays against a ground of gilt dot ornament, the interior of the cover gilt with a flower-spray surrounded by a similar ground (minute area of wear to gilding at edge of shell by head)
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) wide overall
Countess Blanche Bessborough Collection, according to a label attached to the interior of the cover.
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Cf. the similar example illustrated by Barbara Beaucamp-Markowsky, Boîtes en Porcelaine, des manufactures européennes au 18e siècle (Fribourg, 1985), p. 446, no. 378.
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