A Frankenthal gilt-metal-mounted rectangular snuff box, circa 1770. Photo Bonhams

Of slightly waisted form with a domed cover and the exterior moulded with a basketwork pattern, the base and cover painted with chinoiserie scenes after Jean Pillement, the sides with landscape scenes depicting ruins, castles and bridges over rivers, the inside cover with a scene of peasants smoking and drinking, the mounts with wavy borders, 8cm wide. Estimate: £3,000 - 4,000, € 3,400 - 4,600, US$ 4,900 - 6,600
Provenance: Alfred Joseph Collection, no. 1630

Literature: Beaucamp-Markowsky 1985, no. 294;
Beaucamp-Markowsky 1988, no. 67

Exhibited: Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 1972-2003;
London, Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, 2003-2008;
Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, The Bowes Museum, 2008-2010

The chinoiserie scenes on the cover and base are based on two prints by Jean Pillement from a series, 'Livre de Chinois', published in London in 1758 and engraved by P.C. Canot.
Bonhams. The Helmut Joseph Collection of Important Snuff Boxes, 5 Jul 2011. London, New Bond Street www.bonhams.com