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18th Century French Mennecy Porcelain Shoe Form Snuff Box 1750- 56

18th Century French Mennecy Porcelain Shoe Form Snuff Box 1750- 56


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: French: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 1374266

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We are offering you today a beautiful example of a French mid 18th century Slipper or Shoe form soft-paste porcelain Snuff box and cover by a highly revered maker Mennecy. They were located on the outskirts of Paris and were in operation there from about 1738 to 1765. The Snuff box we have today was made between 1750 and 1756 and can be dated this precisely because of the silver mount on the lid which bears a very nice and clear discharge mark for Julien Berthe of a Hen's head and was only used between 1750 and 1756 on small articles such as this snuff box. The Slipper / shoe form snuff box is from the Louise XV period and is typical of the style of slipper and shoes worn by fashionable Parisians at that time. The snuff box has been made using soft-paste porcelain which is what Mennecy was using at that time and hand painted with sprays of flowers in polychrome enamels using shades of pink, yellow blue, green and brown. The heel has been hand painted in pink and the sole has been painted in brown. The shoe has a moulded buckle and strap and toe of the shoe is upturned. The silver mount containing the lid is painted on the inside matching the rest of the decoration. This is a genuine Mennecy snuff box and is guaranteed to be genuine and from the Dates stated 1750 to 1756. Condition- It is in lovely original condition overall with minimal signs of wear. The hinge works well and the lid fits snugly. There are no chips or repairs. There is the faintest hairline crack to the tip of the toe which goes under the toe which we show in our images otherwise just normal age related wear for a item of its age and use which is in excess of 262 years old. Please zoom in on our images as they are part of our description and condition report. Please ask for more images or information if required. Approximate dimensions Length 9 cm Height 6 cm Below are two links one for the Met Museum where you can see a Mennecy slipper form snuff box in their collection. The other link will show you the Discharge mark for Julien Berthe 1750-1756 - Hen's head - small articles. https://metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/207240 http://www.ascasonline.org/articoloAPRI145ING.html