Snuffbox, shell shaped, porcelain / silver, made by the St Cloud Porcelain Factory, France, c. 1750
Shell shaped box with silver mount painted in bands of yellow, brown, green and blue enamels, unidentified silver mark. A soft-paste porcelain snuff box modelled in the form of a shell. The deep box is moulded naturistically on the exterior with low relief scrolling and ribbing. The lip is mounted with silver bands, with a hinged cover moulded on the exterior with a low-relief putto in a scrolled and ribbed shell pattern. Dipped in clear, glassy glaze, the underside of the cover has an 'orange-peel' surface and is painted in bright polychrome enamels; on the exterior with yellow, red, green and blue bands. The underside of the cover has Indianische Blumen and insects vigorously pencilled in red with polychromatic enamel colouring.
Stamped on silver mount inside upper lip, four unidentified Paris silver marks