Napoleon III Gilt Dore Trinket Box with Hand-Painted Portrait on Ivory

This small, beautiful box has a portrait which resembles the English Queen Anne. Her high, starched collar and white bonnet give her an a noble air. The box is French, and dates from 1852-1870.

Two abundant garlands of flowers and ribbons are placed atop and below the portrait frame. Surrounding the portrait, which is under glass, is a 1 3/4" circular bronze dore frame. The sides of the box are elegant, with shell designs alternating with acanthus leaves. Different bands of beading, and textures encircle the sides as well, giving dimension to the appearance.

The portrait is painted on an ivory wafer and placed under glass. The colors are lovely with soft pastel hues. Great detail has been taken to depict the fine lace of her clothing. Her almond shaped eyes stare confidently at the viewer. Her reddish-brown curls are visible beneath her lace cap. She is a bit unusual, more often found are depictions of Marie-Antoinette on boxes of this age and nature.

The interior is of deep forest green velvet, Both the lid and the box are lined. The box measures: 2 3/4" in diameter, 1 1/2" high. The portrait measures: 1 5/8" in diameter. We have chosen to leave the box unpolished, leaving this decision to the final owner.

Item ID: MT377

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Paris Chateau

Paris Chateau, Linville, NC   

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