Description & Technical information

Dutch Market

Price:  £7,200

A very rare pair of Chinese porcelain snuff boxes in the form of shoes with high heels and upturned toes, painted with sprays of flowers in famille rose enamels and a gilt cell diaper border, with later European mounts.

Chinese export snuff boxes are a rare type as most porcelain boxes were of European porcelain, the expensive material being cost effective for small items in the European factories - and the Chinese themselves used snuff bottles not boxes.

References: Santos & Allen 2005, p130, No 46, a similar shoe snuff box; Cohen & Cohen 1999, No 21, a similar example; Sargent 1991, p160, another.

Date:  1780
Period:  18th century, Qianlong period
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 10 cm (3⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art