A porcelain snuff box, probably early Red Anchor Chelsea, circa 1752.

With high quality gilt-metal lining and mounts, painted with an owl and other birds and a basket of flowers on the interior of the cover, 4.5cm.

Chelsea wares from the Red Anchor period (1752-1756) are some of the most highly prized, in terms of the quality and sophistication of decoration. This snuff box was possibly painted by Jefferyes Hamett O’Neale (d.1801), a leading British porcelain painter who was responsible for some of the finest decorative work at Chelsea.


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