Fabulous & rare antique French gilt bronze jewel casket with ornate machined decoration, vivid blue & white champleve style enamel border and large figural bas relief plaque! Circa 1890, this style is most often referred to as Ovington, after the New York retailer, no Ovington mark on this one but identical to a few we've offered in the past and so worth mentioning. Nice size with a 5" width and the figural lid plaque is in DEEP, wonderfully detailed relief, a hunt style nature scene depicting cavalier figures on horseback, gentleman with rifle wooing a woman and dog or hound in the lower right corner, surely after a Fragonard work. A castle or town in the distance, wonderful detail in deep bas relief. Gorgeous and near pristine condition, don't miss it!
Although this one isn't marked that I can see, it was likely made for Ovington Bros., NY. The name 'Ovington' is always applied to this type of antique enameled items, and they range from vanity items to caskets in a variety of forms. We've had this style in hand mirrors, brushes, table caskets, notepad etui - they were all commissioned from French enamelists and made for trade through the Ovington's NYC store. Ovington's was a very upscale store located on New York city's posh 5th avenue and specializing in imported china and glass, high-end specialty goods such as French enamels of this type. The store was founded by EDWARD JUDSON OVINGTON, (b. 1831) of New York City, along with his brother Theodore, owners of Ovington's, China and Glass Store, on Fifth Avenue, N.Y Edward died in 1909 in France, the country of primary export contracts with the Ovington store.
Very good condition. Some slight wear to the gilding on the figural tableau, the coppery bronze beneath showing in some raised detail. No dents, damage or repairs to note. See pictures for all measurements.
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