A Meissen box with hunting scenes in relief circa 1740
Lot 18
A Meissen gilt-metal-mounted snuff box, circa 1737-40
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Lot Details
A Meissen gilt-metal-mounted snuff box, circa 1737-40
Modelled by J.J. Kändler, cartouche-shaped, the front and back with low-relief hunting scenes within cartouches of scroll- and strapwork and shells, the cover with a larger scene and cartouche and the base with a hunting scene, the sides moulded with shells enclosed by strapwork and foliage, the inside cover painted with a Kauffahrtei scene depicting merchants and their wares by a quayside within a gilt frame, the box interior gilt, the mounts with ribbon thumbpiece, 7cm across, 5cm high'


  • Literature:
    Morley-Fletcher 1979, pp. 96-97;
    Beaucamp-Markowsky 1985, no. 145;
    Beaucamp-Markowsky 1988, no. 43;
    Cassidy-Geiger 2007, fig. 1-31, cat. no. 10

    Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 1972-2003;
    London, Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, 2003-2008;
    New York, The Bard Graduate Centre for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, Fragile Diplomacy: Meissen Porcelain for European Courts, ca. 1710-63, 15 November 2007 to 10 February 2008, no. 10;
    Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, The Bowes Museum, 2008-2010

    Kändler's work report for May 1737 includes: '1 sehr mühsame Tabatiere für d. Herrn geh. Rath v. Brühl Exc. angefangen, darauf sehr viele flache Zierrathen befindlich, und sollen Jagd Stückgen auf die Deckel und Seiten gefertigt werden, welche aber bis in kommenden Monat vollends zu fertigen aufbehalten worden [1 very laborious snuff box begun for the Privy Councillor Exc. von Brühl, on which there are very many flat decorations, and hunt scenes should be completed on the cover and sides, which will be kept to be finished next month]. The work reports indicate that Kändler completed the box in July or August of 1737.
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