The Wallace Collection

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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Philipp Ernst Schindler (1723 - 1793) , (miniatures)
  • Johan Resch (active between: master goldsmith (1757-1800)), Goldsmith
  • Vienna, Austria
  • c. 1760
  • Gold and enamel, chased and engraved
  • Object size: 3.8 x 8.5 x 6.4 cm
    Weight: 197.7 g
  • Mark: 'W' for Vienna
    Maker's mark: 'IR'
    Signature: 'Schindler'
    Mark: Crowned number, possibly '18'
  • G68
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • As with another box in the Wallace Collection (G69), this box is signed by the enameller, P-E. Schindler, and is also decorated with scenes after David Teniers the Younger combined with figures from scenes after Boucher. The scene on the front is taken from the Tardieu engraving of ‘Le desjeuner flamand’ by Teniers, but the addition of the child and the interior, which are not depicted in the engraving, is probably Schindler’s own invention.
    Schindler was the son of a Meissen porcelain painter and worked as a painter himself at the Meissen manufactory from about 1740 until 1750. At that time he left for Vienna, where in 1770 he became the director of painting at the Kaiserliche Porzellanmanufaktur (the Imperial Porcelain Factory). He seems to have enamelled boxes from as early as 1758, not just in Vienna but also in other centres including possibly Paris. Later in his career he developed a Neoclassical style ‘ en grisaille’, or in pink or blue camaïeu, probably during the 1770s