A striking example of the 1920's rage for all things Egyptian, after the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. This console or fruit bowl stands out for its dramatic coloring and beautifully hand-painted decorations. The exterior and two thirds of the interior have a matte black "basalt" finish, while the inner rim is sleek, glossy black, the two areas divided by a narrow gilt band that is repeated at the outer rim and the very bottom edge of the foot. Then midway on the glossy area is a wider band of carnelian red and jade green rectangles, outlined in gold and punctuated by three keystone shaped reserves containing gilt designs suggestive of the sun's descending rays. All the gold, red, and green decoration is masterfully hand-applied and adds just enough color to set off the two contrasting black finishes.
An extremely pleasing piece that reflects an interesting period in the history of the decorative arts.
Dimensions: diameter at rim 9.5", height 3.75".65
Condition: No chips, flakes, cracks or repairs. The gilt banding shows some wear consistent with the age of the piece (see photos) particularly at the rim, but is mostly in fine condition, as are the red and green decorations.