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A Meissen gold-mounted jade-green-ground rectangular snuff-box and cover, circa 1740-45
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A Meissen gold-mounted jade-green-ground rectangular snuff-box and cover, circa 1740-45
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Details & Cataloguing

Style: European Silver, Ceramics, and Objects of Vertu

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A Meissen gold-mounted jade-green-ground rectangular snuff-box and cover, circa 1740-45
the exterior painted, perhaps by J. G. Heintze with landscape vignettes of figures before rivers and buildings within gilt and brown-line quatrefoil cartouches, the interior of the cover by another hand with Leda an the Swan, within an oval cartouche reserved in white to simulate a reeded frame with leaf ornament, the interior of the box richly gilt, the hinged mount with reeded border and leaf-cast thumb-piece, the cover with eagle head control mark
8.2cm., 3 1/4 in. wide
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Provenance

Galerie Stuker, Bern, November 1978, lot 202

Catalogue Note

The depiction of Leda and the Swan derives from a lost work by Michelangelo executed in 1530. Commissioned by Alfonso I d'Este but not delivered, the original work has been lost but is known through engravings, the best-known of which is by Nicolas Beatrizet and copies. Rubens painted two versions of Michelangelo's work and the subject remained popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. A version by the painter and miniaturist Carl Gustav Klingstedt (1657-1734) illustrated above is close to the version which influenced the painter of the cover of the present box.

    

Style: European Silver, Ceramics, and Objects of Vertu

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