Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9783777421377 Published February 2014 For sale in North America and Japan only

Meissen Snuffboxes

Of the Eighteenth Century

Edited by Gerhard Röbbig

Edited by Gerhard Röbbig

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

350 pages | 250 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2013
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9783777421377 Published February 2014 For sale in North America and Japan only
Originally praised for its medicinal purposes, powdered tobacco emerged as a fashionable stimulant among Europe’s high-society during the eighteenth century. To accommodate this novel pastime, elegant ladies and gentleman of the era sought to complete their look with tabatières, or elaborately painted porcelain snuffboxes.
           
Meissen Snuffboxes presents more than one hundred of the finest snuffboxes produced by the European porcelain manufacturer Meissen throughout the eighteenth century. Among the first manufacturers to cater to the rapidly growing demand for these tiny treasures, Meissen developed a wide range of snuffboxes, each fastidiously painted by the company’s most adept painters and incorporating motifs from the entire Meissen repertoire. In addition to 250 full-color photographs, this comprehensive catalog includes detailed descriptions of each item by eminent scholars in the field, as well as contributions that discuss current scholarship.
           
Beautifully illustrated, Meissen Snuffboxes offers an incredible amount of information and shows how these tiny containers provide some of the most intimate insight available into the courtly life of the eighteenth century.
Contents

Foreword

 

Porcelain Snuff Boxes of the Eighteenth Century: An Introduction

Barbara Beaucamp-Markowsky

 

Essays

 

Snuff Boxes and the Taking of Snuff: On the Purpose of Luxury

Hans Ottomeyer

 

Precious Snuff Boxes in Princely Collections of the Eighteenth Century

Lorenz Seelig

 

Pleasure and Principle: Collecting Snuff Boxes from 1800 Onwards

Heike Zech

 

Eighteenth Century Meissen Porcelain Snuff Boxes

Ulrich Pietsch

 

Image and Symbol: On the Use and Meaning of the Snuff Box as Reflected by Meissen Figures of the Eighteenth Century

Sarah-Katharina Acevedo

 

Catalogue

 

Appendix

 

The Work Reports of Meissen Modellers and Decorators concerning Snuff Boxes

Selected and transcribed by Ulrich Pietsch

 

Literature

 

Index

 

Image Credits  

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