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Form number 2 (after Beaucamp-Markowsky 1985)
Within the big genre of Meissen snuff boxes those with early Chinoiserie decor are particularly important because they are rare and sought after. The oval box with concave sides and slightly domed cover ranks among the earliest snuff-box models of the Meissen manufactory. In the 1720s and 30s, they were popular. The form probably refer to earlier boxes in silver and gold (Pietsch 2013 p. 153).
Each exterior side is painted in sparkling yellow ornamented with a quatrefoil panel finely sketched with vivid Chinoiserie scenes (except the bottom). They refer to models of Hoeroldt’s sketchbook, which today is known as "Schulz-Codex". The painters of Hoeroldt’s workshop had to use these drawings of the Schulz-Codex for decorating Meissen porcelains. But good painters were able to combine different scenes to new compositions and the more he varied the better the painter. The exterior to the underside is decorated with an unique floral pattern in sea-green, blue and green.
The inside of the box is completely gilded. The interior to the cover is also painted with Chinoiserie scenes after the Schulz-Codex.
There are two comparative pieces, both have the same form (model no. 2 after Beaucamp-Markowsky), the special floral medallion on the bottom side and similar Chinoiserie scenes in quatrefoil panels on yellow or celadon ground: Collection Marquis de F. (56. Stuker 15.05.1959 no. 1094 plate 22); Collection Joseph (auction catalogue "The Helmut Joseph Collection." Bonhams 05.07.2011 no. 1 = Beaucamp-Markowsky 1985 no. 24;).
Pietsch, Ulrich: Johann Gregorius Höroldt (1696-1775) und die Meissener Porzellanmalerei. (Dresden 1996)
Pietsch, Ulrich: In: Meissener Tabatieren des 18. Jahrhunderts. Röbbig (Munich 2013)
|Height||5.40 cm||(2.13 inches)|
|Width||8.50 cm||(3.35 inches)|
|Depth||4.80 cm||(1.89 inches)|