Antique French Cobalt Blue Glass Bonbon Jar with Hand-Painted Lid

This unusual and beautiful jar has a most charming and amusing vignette adorning the lid, depicting an embracing young couple. It dates from the late 19th century. Jars like this were popular at that time and were used for holding candy, trinkets or jewelry.

The beautifully dressed young lady receives a kiss on the cheek by a young man in a white powdered wig. The two characters are beautifully rendered, the young lady's face is expressive and her clothes (including a plumed hat) are finely detailed. The young man's outfit is greatly detailed as is his powdered wig. They seem to be caught in time, in a small moment of affection.

Surrounding them is a wide gilt dentelle lattice work design with interspersed white dots. The bottom of the brilliant cobalt blue jar is ornamented with a wide hand-painted white lattice work design interspersed with many white dots. The bottom of the jar has one hand-painted white flower.

The color of the glass is brilliant and deep. It is exceptional when viewed with light shining from behind it.

It is in excellent condition. The painting retains all the original brilliant coloring. There is wear to the gilt surrounding design, but this is from use and adds to the charm of the jar. The white dentelle design is in excellent condition. There is a small bit of dried paint on the bottom rim from being set on a humid shelf. There are no chips or cracks, only one minuscule superficial scratch on the bottom side (not visible unless closely inspected, and in no way affecting the soundness or stability of the glass). The measurements are: 3" tall, 4" wide.

The color is spectacular and with the addition of the hand-painted details makes this bonbon jar a truly unique treasure.

Item ID: MT242

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