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Fabulous antique French Bressen enamel writer's wax seal or sceau, rich cobalt enamel with foil or metallic accents with "AD" monogram and wonderful condition! 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. 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. A lovely piece, don't miss it!
The seal is in fine condition for age and type. The most notable flaw is that the seal tip is slightly bent. There were a few small chips to the enamel when we received it from France and so it has been professionally restored to near pristine by our wonderful enamel repair master. Foil backed kiln-fired enamel work is lovely, and typical of that which we find from artisans who worked in decorative arts in Bresse, Limoges and Sevres, France. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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Antique French Kiln-fired Cobalt Enamel Writer's Wax Seal or Sceau, c.1810
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