Mennecy snuff box in the form of a Chinaman, c.1755

$2,900.00 AUD

Mennecy box of unusual small size, modeled as a robed oriental gent seated, his arms clasping one upright knee, mounted in a silver mount, the lid moulded with flowers. Silver hallmarked for Paris, 1750-56

Condition

excellent condition

Size

3.5cm high, 3.5cm wide

References

This form is not illustrated in the literature. Most boxes are at leas twice the size, making this a most unusual example. Once attributed to Saint Cloud, it is now thought to be Mennecy; this attribution is due to the slightly creamy paste - Saint Cloud is whiter - and the moulded decoration to the lid. This lid is possibly adapted from a larger example, as there is evidence of grinding to the edges.

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