A porcelain snuff box with allegories of the arts and a portrait of Friedrich II

A porcelain snuff box with allegories of the arts and a portrait of Friedrich II

Gold mounted rectangular snuff box decorated on six faces with rocailles and flowerheads in relief surrounding putti with attributes. The inside of the lid with a finely painted portrait of the King in a blue overcoat with the star of the Order of the Black Eagle. Unmarked. H 4.5, W 9.1, D 6.8 cm.
The porcelain attributed to Berlin KPM, circa 1770, the miniature attributed to Johann Jacob Clauce or Clauze.

KPM produced several snuff boxes with portraits of Friedrich II, presumably ordered by the King to give as gifts. A further, almost identical box with a portrait of the King in an armchair inside the lid is illustrated in Beaucamp-Markowski. Lenz also lists an oval box with similar relief decor of putti in flight in his list of fancy goods. He describes these motifs as copies after François Boucher's "Livre des Arts". The pose in which the King is depicted appears more familiar than representative, and this portrait type was developed by the painter Johann Georg Ziesenis in a work depicting the King painted for his sister Duchess Philippine Charlotte von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel in 1763.

The exceptional decor of this snuff box has been attributed to Isaak Jacob Clauce (1728-1803), one of the finest painters of miniatures and enamels of his era. He received his training in Augsburg from 1739 - 1747 under the miniature painter and engraver Gustav Andreas Wolfgang. Following his apprenticeship, he was active as a freelance enamel painter, primarily of boxes, in Berlin until 1753 when he was offered a position in the Meissen porcelain manufactory. He returned to Berlin in 1756 following the Prussian occupation of Saxony, where Gotzkowsky prided himself on having secured "the famous miniaturist, Mr Clause" for his manufactory in Berlin. Clause remained at the manufactory, which later became KPM, and advanced to become head of the painting studio in 1789.


German private collection.


Cf. Lenz, Berliner Porzellan, Berlin 1913, vol. 1, pl. 46, illus. 194.
Cf. Beaucamp-Markowsky, Porzellandosen des 18. Jahrhunderts, Fribourg-Munich 1985, no. 267.


Schloss Belvedere Berlin (undated).

Lot 148 Dα

15.000 € - 20.000 €

28.750 €