We know that many if not all of these wonderful old Sevres enameled boxes were made for distribution by TAHAN, Paris, and once in a while we get one that even bears the signature on the lock plate, though this one doesn't show that. But a bit of history: The company, TAHAN, is primarily known as a master cabinetry and box maker, and the TAHAN name can add immeasurably to the value and collector's interest in any given antiques French marquetry box. We see it all the time in Paris, though many non-French collectors also know the significance of the TAHAN name. It ranks with names like Tiffany here, or Cartier, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Odiot and Puiforcat for prestige and quality goods. It is always a pleasure to offer up superb pieces that represent the goods from this noted 19th century maker and purveyor of luxury goods, never more so than with the old kiln-fired enamel items such as this beauty we have listed here. A stunningly large example, and one free of the typical hairlines and chips, cracks that so often plague the thick glassine layer of melted enamels on convex copper plaques, often mistaken for fine old porcelains. And rightfully so, as this style is that of the Sevres enamelists, and is likely created for TAHAN by the Sevres enamel industry, active in the 19th century. A fabulous one - this one is a most unusual shape and form, elongated 'egg' form. Silk satin lining inside is the old original. Raised on a framework of heavy brass wire like the opaline eggs and mother of pearl eggs of the earlier eras in France. Clear clean undamaged inside and out. A splendid find, and one you'll not want to miss.
Very good to excellent for age and type, an amazingly unscathed pair of enameled plaques, bottom and top halves done separately, gold enamel edge trip, as well. The entirety of kiln-fired enamel present with little if any damage or loss. Our photos show it well, but this one is larger than most and all the more impressive for size, condition - unique form in this one.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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