From late 1800s France, this is a gorgeous little jewelry box which is removable from the gilded brass stand. Although it looks like cloisonne, the enameling technique is actually champleve. The entire surface of four sides and the lid are covered with floral, paisley, and scroll designs which are enameled in vibrant jewel colors- cobalt, turquoise, baby blue, red, pink, yellow, green, and white. The enamel is in excellent condition with no cracks or losses. The frame has a braided edge and fancy scrolled feet. The hinged lid opens to reveal a pink silk interior which, like most of these old boxes, shows some wear and a little staining, but it is still in good enough shape to be used to hold small valuables.
The box itself measures 3 1/4" (82 mm) x 2 1/2" (63 mm) x 1 3/4" (45 mm) high. It is 3 1/8" high in the 3 3/4" x 3", at the bottom, frame. The hinge functions well. There is a little wear of the gold on the ormolu frame.
Item ID: French Enamel Casket
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