Not quite pristine, true, but a most wonderful little bombe casket and certainly the work of the enamelists working in Sevres, France. The style and work is typical of the Sevres enamelist's work, though unsigned which is typical as well of the Sevres decorative enamel items such as this enamel that shows all the attributes of those we see in museums and auction catalogues identifed as being Sevres enamel, having to do with the use of underlayment of foils in the process of enameling. This does not mean it is from the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Sevres, by the way, but as with the Limoges decorative arts community, many arts came from the decorative arts community of Sevres, France, as well. This egg is not porcelain. You see the silver and gold foils that typifies the period enamels from Sevres, all shimmering on those rounded surfaces. These are kiln-fired enamels - the process is excruciatingly difficult to master. Enamel powders suspended in a liquid medium are applied like being painted, but in their unfired state, the enamels are all a muddy shade of mauve, grey, grey-blue - NOT the colors you see in the end product which only reveals itself after the heat of the kiln has melted the powders and turned the surface into the glassine hardcoat you see here. Subject to chips, cracks and even hairlines in both process and age/temperature changes, these old enameled treasures are often plagued with flaws. This one has a few of its own to show for its age, as you can see. Still, priced well and a lovely old one from the finest enamelists of Sevres - museum pieces, all!
Good to very good, age and type considered. There are some flaws in the old enamel, which is done on copper plaques in this case. Bronze framework into which the enameled panels are set are fine. Elegant old foiled work! Price considers the flaws. A perfect casket of this age and origin would be double or triple our price. And yes, Sevres artisans produced more than just the famed porcelains of the Royal Sevres Porcelain Manufactory. This is not a work from that lauded house, but is from the enamelists of the region and earns the term much as the 'Limoge' enamelists are termed 'Limoges enamel'. We do not hold it out as being RSPM, so please don't be confused. There are those who believe no enamels came from Sevres, but in fact we have references as well as have seen them in museums. The ones from late 1800s, like the one we show in our listing, have a decidedly updated appearance and style and a blend of the popular enamel work in fashion from both Limoges and Bresse enamelists, though not quite like either one, having made their own aesthetic choices that make these distinctively 'Sevres' enamels.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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