Offering a little jewelry box from my own collection, this is an Italian Grand Tour era (Victorian, c. 1850-80) souvenir trinket or small jewelry box, casket, set with 3 cabochons of worked Italian glass. They are not painted upon, and are not porcelain, but are each art works of millefiori, a process in hot glass that takes a great deal of talent, expertise, and patience to create. Body of the box is almost mesh-like and the frame is an alloy of brass that retains its high gold appearance without polishing. Lovely old treasure elevated by aesthetic as well as by the cabriole legs that add appeal. I've had this one grouped with some ebonized French boxes and also Italian pieta dura caskets/boxes I keep, on a tabletop. Just lovely to see the old work complimenting.
Very good to excellent for age and type, the early glasswork is lovely - flower created in the process, not painted on. The glass cabochons are small works of art combining various colored strips of glass during the kiln-firing process. No chips on any of the 3, either. Box is sound and sturdy, and retains the old original silk lining. Lovely little accent box that reminds one of pieta dura marble mosaic work. Box is 4" x 2.75" and is 3" high when closed. Cabochons are glass, not porcelain, and none are broken, all 3 remain fully intact.
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