Exceptional and RARE matched pair of Bresse enamel cache pots or jardiniere, wine coolers for demi bottle, or just decorative pieces you'll love to show off. The only other set I'm aware of are priced near $5000. This pair is missing the interior lift-out metal liners but will function perfectly for you in use of your choice. The set we have here are in rich cobalt enamel worked with copious amount of hand applied enamel dots and jeweling, typical of the work done in both Sevres and Bresse artisan communities of France. Just look at the intricate hand worked exteriors. The enamel on copper outer barrels are, as noted, without loss. Each had one small spot or chip, and we've sent them off to our professional enamelist and now I can't even begin to find the tiny spots, and I know you'll never find them, either. They're fabulous and sure to please. They do not have holes and will hold fluid just fine. ENAMEL NOTE: This process, which I've written about many times, is one only accomplished with the skill of years and years of practice. The enamel powders are various shades of muddy mauve, taupe, blues, not the least resembling the color they will become once the kiln melts them into the glassine or porcelain like finished product you see here. So an artist is layering on stroke after stroke, working quite literally blind as far as the colors and spacing of the finished outcome he/she hopes to achieve. It is the memory that guides the hand in this art. And subject to such whims of nature and memory, it's always amazing to me that they come out with anything but a glob. I've tried this art, myself, and believe me, it's very difficult. I mostly get globs. The nature of the process is part of the reason why these old kiln-fired objects have such a following and bring the prices they continue to bring.
Very good to excellent condition. Please look at the images to see that there are no chips nor cracks on either of these spectacular RARE old kiln-fired enamel items. You won't notice with the naked eye, but somewhere on each of the two we'd found a small imperfection in the enamel, so we had our professional enamelist do a bit of restoration for us. I will note that one of the top mounts is very slightly crooked (view it in our photo - not much but bears mention). Measurements are noted on the photos. We have some fabulous kiln-fired enamels just in - come and see them all and put together your own collection. As noted, these would originally have had inner removable liners but they are missing with this pair. See pictures for measurements.
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