A Meissen box with 'Embarking for Cythera' scene circa 1740-50
Lot 9
A Meissen gold-mounted snuff box, circa 1745-50
Sold for £16,800 (US$ 26,497) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Meissen box with 'Embarking for Cythera' scene circa 1740-50 A Meissen box with 'Embarking for Cythera' scene circa 1740-50 A Meissen box with 'Embarking for Cythera' scene circa 1740-50 A Meissen box with 'Embarking for Cythera' scene circa 1740-50
A Meissen gold-mounted snuff box, circa 1745-50
Of trefoil shape, finely painted in black monochrome with Watteauesque scenes, within three arched panels around the side below gilt scrolling foliage, trellis panels and flowers, above a moulded rim with black and gilt-striped border, the base with a similar scene within a moulded black-ground border reserved with scrollwork and flowers, the cover and inside cover with scenes after Watteau, the box interior gilt, 5.7cm wide; 4.5cm high (minor wear)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sir Alfred Chester Beatty Collection, sold by Sotheby's London, 3 December 1962, lot 120;
    Alfred Joseph Collection, no. 1334

    Literature:
    Beaucamp-Markowsky 1985, no. 68;
    Beaucamp-Markowsky 1988, no. 20

    Exhibited:
    Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 1972-2003;
    London, Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, 2003-2008;
    Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, The Bowes Museum, 2008-2010

    The scene on the cover is based on an engraving by N.H. Tardieu (1674-1749) after the painting 'The Embarkation for Cythera' by Jean-Antoine Watteau of 1717, now in Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin.
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