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Antique French Kiln-fired Bresse Enamel 3 pc Writer's Set, Pen, Wax Seal, Letter Opener, Jewel Dots
A charming and elegant French kiln-fired enamel writer's set - the pen, letter opener and wax seal. From an early 1800s set of finest quality, and from the enamel arts colony of Bresse, France or perhaps of Sevres, France who also did this type of item in earliest 1800s. This set would have originally been housed in a presentation box, and would have included one more piece - a blade/eraser tool, but these are the pieces that remain. The set you see here is not entirely without damage. A wonderful piece. I've had a few over the years, and we purchased several recently from a single collection in France, so look also for one in pale yellow and another in light Celeste or Sevres blue. Gorgeous things! I've included a spread from a wonderful reference book on Bresse enamels (2nd to last photo), which is not included but shows you a few other examples. This set of 3 items has that charming little pen, which is rare. And the monogram on the seal is either a C or a G. Note measurements on photos. A petit set.
Very good to excellent condition. Please look at the images to see that there are some faint hairlines on the handle of the letter opener. We've enlarged a lot so you can see them. You won't notice with the naked eye. 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. Some are shown with this well in the final photo, including frame and exceedingly rare pair of jardiniere, cache pot, all sold separately.
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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.
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