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An image of Snuff box by Meissen

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Title
Snuff box
Year
circa 1760-1770
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

4.5 x 10.6 x 5.8 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2010.192
Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

Inside the cover is a view of the Albrechtsburg, the gothic castle in Meissen in which Augustus the Strong established the Meissen factory in 1710. The same scene appears in a print dated 1726 made by Johann Alexander Thiele after a painting of his own. Since the Meissen version is in reverse with respect to the print, it probably derives from Thiele’s original painting or drawing. The outside of the cover and the base of the box are painted with spiralling floral garlands.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 20 (colour illus.). cat.no. 16