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Snuff Box w/ Dwarf Scenes

This is a really fun snuff / pill / patch box made by Meissen in the mid 18th century. I finally found it in a book to confirm. It is hand painted with one of the rarest decorations in the world of porcelain - grotesque dwarf scenes after the famous series of engravings by Jacques Callot from the 17th century. Each scene includes two dwarves aka Gobbi and there are four of them. One to the top, one to each the front and the back and another one to the inside lid. Butterflies in between with two on either side and a signle butterfly to th underside. In eachs cene they are standing on top of some greenery. The two on the top are one with the typical large hat , a walking cane and a sword while the one enxt to him is playing the bag pipe. The two on the front are each wearing the giant hat and playing musical instruments, the ones to the back seem to be handicapped and the ones to the inside lid include a male one playing an instrument and a female one dancing. For a very similar piece you can see Bonhams sale of the famous snuff box collection of Helmut Joseph. The mounts here seem to be brass which likely was gilded at some point. Lots of polish residue in the details and they have oxidized. They are closing perfectly but the back part is missing two pieces and it is loose when open though not when shut. The piece is otherwise in superb condition with some sticky yellow residue on the bottom inside that I since cleaned out for the most part with some solvent. Looks much better now! It displays perfectly. The piece is not marked. It is 2.125 inches tall, 2 inches deep and just under 3 inches wide. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

Price is $4999
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