Carlton Ware Rouge Royale Lustre box is decorated with the New Mikado scene of a Chinese bridge and Sampan. The deep ruby red color called Rouge Royale is the background for the hand painted gold, green, blue and orange enamels. The Chinese Moon bridge has a pagoda in the center with large birds flying above.
The Sampan has two lanterns at the end of a pole to light its way. The border has a scrolling gilt design of leaves and flowers. The bottom half has a scene of two herons under a weeping tree. There are additional designs on the three other sides.
The interior of the box is a pearlized glaze and a fantasy tree in the bottom. The cover is 4" by 5 1/4" and the bottom half is 1 ¼" by 3 3/8 " by 4 ¾". The underside has the black script mark: Carlton Ware Made in England "Trade Mark" and "Rouge Royale" It also has the original orange sticker with the design numbers in pencil.
There is minor gilt loss on the lid and some hint of streaking in the ruby glaze. No chips nor cracks but fine crazing on the base.
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