This tobacco box is decorated with a continuous picture referring to the processing of tobacco. On the lid a sitting man on a terrace is depicted. Next to him stands a small table with a glass and a decanter, while he pleasantly smokes his pipe. The ashtray and cuspidor are on the floor.
The box is marked on the bottom; DEX II. These letters refer to Zacharias Dextra who owned the factory “De 3 Vergulde Astonne” in Delft between 1722 and 1759. The exceptional quality of the box and its decoration fit the high end production of artifacts and utensils that was manufactured by this company.
A similar specimen of this object, with the same decoration and mark is to be found in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (inv. Br. OC(D)100-1904). This object is erroneously attributed to “Grieksche A”, the neighbouring factory that was owned by Zacharias’ cousin Jan Teunis Dextra who was active from 1757 to 1765.
M. van Aken Fehmers, Delfts aardewerk Geschiedenis van een nationaal product(Deel1), Den Haag/Zwolle, 1999, cat.nr. 48, p.141.
Delffse porceleyne p.156 (Als De Grieksche A 1757-1766)
J.D. van Dam, Delffse Porceleyne, Delfts Aardewerk 1620-1850, Amsterdam 2004, p.156.
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