A fancifully-attired lady sitting in a garden of pink roses centers this beautiful vintage F&B sterling silver chatelaine compact done in absolutely stunning soft pastel blue guilloche enamel. The lightness and "airyness" of the enamel color allows the light to play and show off the beautiful undulating, flowing "texture", giving the piece movement and vitality.
The pale blue is highlighted by the soft use of colors in the central figural image. The image has been handpainted and uses robin's egg blue on the woman's gown; pretty pinks for roses; multiple shades of soft green; warm and earthy browns of the tree trunk; subtle peachy tone of the lady's skin and white tones for her hair, hat and bustle... A fantastic color play all around. The pale blue enamel work encompasses the entire compact, and to complete is a tiny gold star on the compact's back, out from which it seems that the "rays" of enamel work emanate. Truly elegant.
A finely-decorated sterling silver band borders the compact lid and top. The attached ring also is sterling with the amazing pale blue enamel work encircling; this is rare to have the ring be enameled as can be seen by other pieces available by this maker. The lipstick component is not present however this is overshadowed by the fact the the ring can stand on its own with the enamel work.
Not to be forgotten is the equally stunning luxurious and decadent ivory-toned tassel which hangs from the compact. Many of these tassels are black or dark in tone, and the ivory tone of this tassel gives the piece unequaled elegance, beauty and, well, romance. The piece is shown against a pure white piece of lace, and the ivory tone is evident.
The aesthetics of this piece are not equaled when compared against other current examples by Foster & Bailey; this is a most elegant and tasteful piece for any enamel collection...
The piece is marked "F&B STERLING" on the side of the lid. This marking according to online information concerning American silversmiths, is the mark for Theodore W. Foster & Bro., from Providence RI, in business from 1898 to 1951. Theodore Foster was the successor of "Foster & Bailey" and used the F&B mark.
MEASUREMENTS: provided shortly
CONDITION: Excellent. No issues to report aside from age-appropriate soiling to string attaching ring to compact, some minor fraying to tassel ends. Very minor age-related wear to enamel not visible to naked eye but only under a 16mm loupe - extremely insignificant but mentioned for absolute accuracy. Mirror: excellent. Compact well has two puffs, one or both presumed to be original, and another unknown piece. Remnants of powder are in the well. Clasp and mechanism in perfect working order. For age, excellent overall.
The last photo is of some additional sterling guilloche enamel pieces I currently have, some of which are now listed and available for purchase. None of the other pieces are included with this afore described piece and are shown as display only. Please do not hesitate in inquiring should you see a piece which is shown but not currently available.
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Item ID: 201302
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