Scenic lacquered papier mâché table tobacco box in Stobwasser style, or Stobwasser but unmarked. The Stobwasser factory was established in 1772 and was primarily known for producing boxes, mostly in papier mâché, with a few in copper. The finest artists created a high quality of portraiture and landscapes etc on these boxes which were then coated with a high quality lacquer. Unfortunately, unless attributed, it is very difficult to identify a particular artist. The Stobwasser boxes are also characterized by the use of iron-red underpainting (which may be present in this box – see image). This box depicts a landscape scene with a castle in the background and a group of people fishing in a running stream. The box is in very good condition with several small losses but certainly fewer and less obvious than other examples of this style and age. The lid and base are not a tight fit. Please see the images with regard to the condition. Diameter 3.66 ins (9.3cm), height 0.90 (2.3cm). Weight 70 grams. This item can be seen in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 182.