French, c. 1764
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Egg-shaped boxes like the one pictured above were very fashionable in the Eighteenth Century, especially in England, where they were often constructed of precious materials and porcelain to be used as snuffboxes or part of toilet sets.
The gold-mounted soft-paste porcelain box is painted in enamel colors with red oeil de perdrix on a pale blue ground. Flower garland borders and a rosette at the top and bottom adorn the box and te gold mounts are chased with a guilloche and Greek key pattern.