New Book | Meissen Snuffboxes of the Eighteenth Century

Posted in books by Mattie Koppendrayer on July 16, 2014

Published by Hirmer and distributed The University of Chicago Press:

Gerhard Röbbig, ed., Meissen Snuffboxes of the Eighteenth Century (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2014), 350 pages, ISBN: 978-3777421377, $65. 

74517_Umschlag_E.inddOriginally 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.

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• Barbara Beaucamp-Markowsky, Porcelain Snuffboxes of the Eighteenth Century: An Introduction
• Hans Ottomeyer, Snuffboxes and the Taking of Snuff: On the Purpose of Luxury
• Lorenz Seelig, Precious Snuffboxes in Princely Collections of the Eighteenth Century
• Heike Zech, Pleasure and Principle: Collecting Snuffboxes from 1800 Onwards
• Ulrich Pietsch, Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain Snuffboxes
• Sarah-Katharina Acevedo, Image and Symbol: On the Use and Meaning of the Snuffbox as Reflected by Meissen Figures of the Eighteenth Century


Appendix: The Work Reports of Meissen Modellers and Decorators Concerning Snuffboxes, selected and transcribed by Ulrich Pietsch

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