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Snuff box

  • Place of origin:

    Meissen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740-1745 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt, with gilt copper mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by William Wallis Aston

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case O, shelf 3

Physical description

Snuff box of hard-paste porcelain. Cartouche-shaped. Low domed cover with gilt copper mounts. Painted with views of the Elbe at Meissen with the Albrechtsburg, and at Dresden. Inside cover a woman and boy in a (en grisaille) park setting. Bouquets of flowers (Holzschnittblumen); small panels of gold and brown ornament. Gilt interior.

Place of Origin

Meissen (made)


ca. 1740-1745 (made)


Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt, with gilt copper mounts

Marks and inscriptions

A dot
In underglaze blue


Height: 4.4 cm, Length: 8.8 cm, Width: 6.7 cm

Descriptive line

Snuff box, hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt, with gilt copper mounts, made by Meissen porcelain factory, Germany, ca. 1740-45

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Honey, W. B. Dresden china: an introduction to the study of Meissen porcelain. London: A. & C. Black, 1946, Pl. XXX (d), p. 96.
Le Corbeiller, Clare. European and American snuff boxes, 1730-1830 London: Batsford, 1966, Figs. 493, 494.

Production Note

Attribution from the manuscript catalogue dates from about 1970 and was compiled by William Hutton of the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.


Hard paste porcelain; Gilt copper


Painted; Gilt; Mounted

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Women; Boys


Porcelain; Ceramics; Smoking accessories


Ceramics Collection

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