REF No. 5564
Chinese export porcelain Snuffbox of globular form


Qianlong period, circa 1750
Diameter: approx 7.5cm

Price:  £9,000

Chinese export snuffbox of compressed globular form painted en grisaille with European scenes.

Chinese porcelain snuffboxes are rare and this shape is very unusual. The scenes painted on this derive from European engravings though the precise design source is not known. The symbolism of the scene would have been clearly understood by an 18th century viewer: a caged bird represented a woman's virtue - seen here being released by a winged Cupid! 



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Chinese export porcelain Snuffbox of globular form