Wednesday 27 September 2023

Lot 204

A copper-gilt-mounted Meissen porcelain rectangular snuff box and cover, c.1755-60, the mount...

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Lot 204

A copper-gilt-mounted Meissen porcelain rectangular snuff box and cover, c.1755-60, the mount...

Price Realised: £11,414

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 204

Description

A copper-gilt-mounted Meissen porcelain rectangular snuff box and cover, c.1755-60, the mount probably circa 1800, the cover and base painted to simulate playing cards enriched with meandering flowering branches, the cover interior with three gentlemen and two ladies observing a comet with telescopes, the comet centred by a playing card, 8.5cm wide overall

 

Note: A box with similar decoration is illustrated by Barbara Beaucamp-Markowsky, Boîtes en Porcelaine, Fribourg, 1985, p. 305, no. 252, where the author attributes it to Fürstenberg.  The results of an X-Ray Florescence (XRF) test conducted on the present box in 2023 by Cranfield University are consistent with 18th century Meissen porcelain.  

Beaucamp-Markowsky notes that the decoration is probably inspired by the card game comet, which was highly fashionable in the 18th century.  An old French card game, previously called Manille, it was renamed Comet after the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1682.  A version of the game appeared in 1752, in which the 9 of diamonds was one of the ‘comets’. 

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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