REF No. 6314
Pair of Chinese export porcelain famille rose shoe-form snuff boxes


Qianlong period circa 1780
Dutch Market
Length: 4 inches; 10cm

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.



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Pair of Chinese export porcelain famille rose shoe-form snuff boxes