A RARE CHELSEA PORCELAIN GILT-METAL MOUNTED BONBONNIERE AND ENAMEL COVER CIRCA 1755
modeled with a water barrel and a hand scythe resting in a white and gold oval basket amongst wheat sheaves and scattered forget-me-nots beneath a ribbon inscribed TRESORT DE LA ..., the enamel cover painted on the exterior and interior with flower sprays and sprigs.
Height 1¼ in.; 3.1 cm
Width 2½ in.; 6.4 cm
Approximately 1/3 of the inscribed ribbon that originally extended to one end of the barrel has been broken away; the end of the scythe has been broken and restored back: there is a spot of wear to the black enamel of the blade; and there is a fine haircrack to the enamel cover.
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The Collection of Otto and Magdalena Blohm, Sotheby's London, July 4, 1960, lot 35
The Collections of Hanns and Elisabeth Weinberg and the Antique Company of New York, Sotheby's New York, November 10-11, 2006, lot 137
Harrison, Ars Ceramica, 2019, no. 31, p. 123, fig. 8
Possibly symbolizing Agriculture, there does not appear to be another box recorded of this type, but there are at least two other boxes representing either one of the Arts or Sciences known. Hackenbroch, 1957, pl. 68, fig. 221, illustrates a box molded with musical instruments and scores, and a box representative of Geography from the collection of Otto and Magdalena Blohm illustrated in Bryant, 1925, pl. 49, no. 2, was subsequently sold at Sotheby's, London, July 4, 1960, lot 36.