The cover painted with five gaming cards, one with the king of hearts, one with three hearts and one with two coats-of-arms for Saxony, with further scattered flower-sprays and a strawberry finial, the interior decorated with an elaborate flower-filled basket upon a long table, the lower-half of the box painted en suite with flower-sprays, its interior with recesses to hold four rectangular boxes and covers; the four interior boxes painted with flower-sprays, applied with forget-me-not finials and each painted with two playing card suit symbols, the interior of each cover with a still-life of a basket of flowers; with four heart chips, six spade chips, two club chips and three diamond chips
658 in. (16.8 cm.) wide
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Amsterdam, 17 December 2002, lot 223.
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Whether it be whist, quadrille or tontine, card games were extremely popular among the European nobility in the 18th century and having a porcelain gaming box such as the present lot would have been a great luxury and talking point. See R.E. Röntgen, The Book of Meissen, Atglen-Pennsylvania, 1996, p. 101 pl. 206 for a very similar card game box. Another example was in the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, sold Sotheby's, New York, 21 November 2014, lot 1220.

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