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Snuff box
  • Snuff box
  • Philipp Ernst Schindler (1723 - 1793) , (miniatures)
  • Vienna, Austria
  • c. 1760
  • Gold and enamel, chased and engraved
  • Object size: 3.8 x 8.5 x 6.4 cm
    Weight: 200.3 g
  • Signature: 'Schindler-Wienn'
    Mark: 'A' in a diamond shape, Vienna mark for old gold 1806-7
  • G69
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • Other significant centres of gold box production in the eighteenth century apart from Paris and Hanau included Vienna, and this box is an example of the high quality goldsmiths’ work achieved in that city. Similar to Parisian boxes of the same period, for example that by Jean-Charles-Simphorien Dubos in the Wallace Collection (G23), the enamel decoration incorporates scenes after David Teniers the Younger. Here the enameller has signed the enamel on the cover, ‘Schindler Wienn’, identifying him as Philip-Ernst Schindler. Schindler enamelled boxes by several Viennese goldsmiths and perhaps worked for goldsmiths in Paris too. From Saxony originally, in his earlier years in Vienna he seems to have principally copied the work of David Teniers the Younger, here derived from engravings by Jacques Tardieu (‘Le desjeuner flamand’, on the lid) and Jacques-Philippe Le Bas (‘La femme jalouse’ on the base). This latter enamel is testament to Schindler’s creativity; rather than copying Le Bas’ engraving, he has combined two figures from it with the more charming elements of an engraving by John Ingram after François Boucher (‘L’école domestique’). The scenes around the walls of the box maybe of Schindler’s own invention or they may be taken from details of other prints in his possession.