An extremely rare Meissen armorial snuff box with the Royal Arms of Sweden, circa 1733
Lot 58*
An extremely rare Meissen armorial snuff box with the Royal Arms of Sweden, circa 1733
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 67,000 - 100,000
Lot Details
An extremely rare Meissen armorial snuff box with the Royal Arms of Sweden, circa 1733
Of oval bombé form, finely painted with the Royal Arms of Sweden on a gilt and Böttger lustre scrollwork bracket, the reverse with a Kauffahrtei scene depicting merchants and their wares by a quayside within an elaborate gilt cartouche filled with Böttger lustre and edged with iron-red and purple foliate scrolls and swags, the sides with indianische Blumen, the base with a purple harbour scene, the interior gilt, 7.2cm wide; 4.3cm high (small flat rim chip, lacking cover)

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    Ulrich Pietsch, Passion for Meissen (2010), no. 75

    Part of the important and elaborate gift of Meissen porcelain in 1734 from Augustus III to Queen Ulrike Eleonora of Sweden and her husband, Fredrik I, Landgrave of Hessen-Cassel, for which see Lars Ljungström, Sweden, Hesse-Cassel, and Meissen, in Fragile Diplomacy (2007), including a tea, coffee and chocolate service for the queen, an armorial table service for the king, as well as garnitures of vases and two snuff boxes (including the present lot). According to a list dated 1 February 1733, they are described as Two snuffboxes, one for a gentleman and one for a lady, both decorated with "landscapes and coats of arms" (quoted by Ljunström, p. 265).
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