A rare Meissen black-ground Snuff-box with a Painting after Nicolas Lancret
A rare Meissen black-ground Snuff-box with a Painting after Nicolas Lancret
A rare Meissen black-ground Snuff-box with a Painting after Nicolas Lancret
A rare Meissen black-ground Snuff-box with a Painting after Nicolas Lancret
A rare Meissen black-ground Snuff-box with a Painting after Nicolas Lancret

MEISSEN PORCELAIN (worked from 1710)

A rare Meissen black-ground Snuff-box with a Painting after Nicolas Lancret

c. 1740 Germany

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Meissen ca. 1740
Form number ‘66’ (after Beaucamp-Markowsky)
Silver-gilt mount
The interior of the box completely gilded
Painted by Johann Georg Heintze

The exterior sides of the box are decorated with black ground colour, covered with etched flowers and branches in white and gold. The cover's interior bears a sepia brown painting following an etching by Nicolas de Larmessin from 1736 (Wildenstein pp. 650, 651). Larmessin's etching copies Lancret's oil painting "Les amours du bocage". In former times the oil painting was part of the estate of Frederick the Great. Today it is exhibited in the "Alte Pinakothek", Munich (exhibition catalogue "Liebighaus" 2016 no. 34).

Although the woman on the right is lacking, the painting of the Meissen box is very close to Larmessin’s etching. It is very interesting to see that the bust in the background refers to a Watteau-etching. And this etching, in turn, served as template for the only known comparative piece of our black-ground snuff-box.

The comparative snuff box is published in:
- Exhibition catalogue „Meissen. Barockes Porzellan.“ (2010) no. 83
- Catalogue Röbbig (2013) Nr. 37
- Beaucamp-Markowsky (1985) no. 70
- Bonhams 03.12.2008 no. 77
- Ducret 1973 no. 224

It is obvious that the two boxes are related to each other. Their decoration is typical for the hand of the Meissen painter Johann George Heintze, who had a preference for placing ancient busts into nature.

Further Meissen pieces with black coloured ground occur very seldom. We have found three Augustus Rex vases:
- a pair in the catalogue of the collection Untermyer (fig. 107 plate 70, 71)
- one single vase in the Collection Kocher (D'agliano 2003 no. 17)
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Beaucamp-Markowsky, Barabra: Porzellandosen des 18. Jahrhunderts. (Munich 1985)
Boltz, Claus: Höroldts Malereimodelle von 1731. (In Keramos 158 / 1997)
Brattig, Patricia (ed): Meissen. Barockes Porzellan. (Stuttgart 2010)
Ducret, Siegfried: Keramik und Graphik des 18. Jahrhunderts: Vorlagen für Maler und Modelleure. (Braunschweig 1973)
Hackenbroch, Yvonne: Meissen and Other Continental Porcelain Faience and Enamel in the Irwin Untermyer Collection. (1956)
Wildenstein, Georges: Lancret. (Paris 1924)
Exhibition catalogue: Gefährliche Liebschaften. Die Kunst de französischen Rokoko. (Liebighaus Frankfurt 2016)
Dimensions
Height 3.50 cm (1.38 inches)
Width 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
Depth 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Elfriede Langeloh

Elfriede Langeloh
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