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Table snuffbox

Factory:
Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)
Date:
ca. 1750
Culture:
German, Meissen
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain, copper gilt
Dimensions:
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm.); W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.); D. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.28.124
Not on view
A snuffbox of this size was placed on a table for use by a party of smokers, as illustrated on the inside of the lid. Painted in monochromatic purple, or en camaieu, this scene is based on an engraving of 1733 by Bernard Lépicié (1698–1755) after a composition by Jean-Baptiste Pater (1695–1736).
Inscription: Circular sticker on underside: ARS DOMI ZURICH

Marking: None
[ sale, Christie's, London , March 16, 1970, lot 57; sold for $7,056 to Torre ] ; Torre (from 1970) ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
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