Of rococo cartouche shape, the gilt-metal mounted
porcelain box painted in the 18th century Meissen
chinoiserie manner of Johann Gregor Höroldt,
the exterior decorated with 6 quatrefoil “Bottger-lustre” cartouches
edged with gilt scrolls and iron-red foliate scrolls, each enclosing
chinoiserie scenes in puce orange, iron
red and black, of a Chinese master and student one also with a lady
seated in a European chair, the inside cover with a similar scene
with three figures, all on grassy terrace between a spray of
and a fruiting palm tree,
the base interior completely gilt, the
gilt mount with a row of beading; stand-away hinge
It is not exactly known when this type of box was made, but it
likely belongs to a group of
chinoiserie-decorated boxes, many of which with crossed swords and
KPM marks in underglaze-blue
on the inside of the base. It is known that snuff boxes and other
items (such as crinoline groups)
were re-issued at the Meissen factory from the 1830s onwards for
export to England,
which were sold by, amongst others, Frederick Litchfield.
A number 19th century Meissen
style snuff boxes were sold at
Bonhams New Bond,
The Helmut Joseph Collection
of Fine Snuff Boxes, 5 July 2011.
Lots 55, 56 and 57, with
style of chinoiserie decoration,
had been exhibited at the
each also with literature :
The painting on the Joseph
collection boxes appears more delicate and complex than on this
perhaps dating it later in the
A number of oversized images
appear below for your inspection.
Also see below a box of
similar shape with a 1762 French discharge mark.
The porcelain without chips or nicks; the enamels
in very good condition, the gilt with expected rubbing;
the gilt to the mounts with rubbing and flaking
2-1/2" Long x 1-7/8" Deep x 1-1/4"