19th Century, Germany (or possibly France)




Of rococo cartouche shape, the gilt-metal mounted porcelain box painted in the 18th century Meissen chinoiserie manner of Johann Gregor Höroldt, the exterior decorated with 6 quatrefoil “Bottger-lustre” cartouches edged with gilt scrolls and iron-red foliate scrolls, each enclosing chinoiserie scenes in puce orange, iron red and black, of a Chinese master and student one also with a lady seated in a European chair, the inside cover with a similar scene with three figures, all on grassy terrace between a spray of indianische Blumen and a fruiting palm tree,

the base interior completely gilt, the gilt mount with a row of beading; stand-away hinge


Note :

It is not exactly known when this type of box was made, but it likely belongs to a group of

chinoiserie-decorated boxes, many of which with crossed swords and KPM marks in underglaze-blue

on the inside of the base. It is known that snuff boxes and other items (such as crinoline groups)

were re-issued at the Meissen factory from the 1830s onwards for export to England,

which were sold by, amongst others, Frederick Litchfield.

A number 19th century Meissen style snuff boxes were sold at Bonhams New Bond,

The Helmut Joseph Collection of Fine Snuff Boxes, 5 July 2011.  

 Lots 55, 56 and 57, with similar Höroldt style of chinoiserie decoration,

had been exhibited at the Rijksmuseum,

each also with literature : Barbara Beaucomp-Markowsky. 


The painting on the Joseph collection boxes appears more delicate and complex than on this example,

perhaps dating it later in the 19th century.

A number of oversized images appear below for your inspection.

Also see below a box of similar shape with a 1762 French discharge mark.


Condition :

The porcelain without chips or nicks; the enamels in very good condition, the gilt with expected rubbing;

the gilt to the mounts with rubbing and flaking


2-1/2" Long x 1-7/8" Deep x 1-1/4" High






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A snuff box of similar asymmetrical form, bearing a 1762 French discharge mark







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Meissen Style Porcelain Snuff Box, `19th century, Chinoiserie in manner of Höroldt