18th.century German silver mounted enamel box by Pierre Alexander Fromery, Berlin c.1730. Very sought after silver enamel box applied with silver-gilt relief masks and foliate decoration. Made in Berlin c 1730.
Great condition. One chip on the base, see pic 7. Minor enamel wear on the base.
6 x 2,5cm
The Fromery family in Berlin created exquisite, superbly decorated copper enamels. The house of Fromery was founded by the Huguenot goldsmith Pierre Fromery, whose son, Alexander, perfected a highly individual style of decoration which is instantly distinguishable. It consists of a white enamel ground with gold or/and silver raised decoration, interspersed with painted enamel colours, normally with green predominating. As the Fromerys were goldsmiths, the mounts on enamels from their workshop were always of high quality and were often of precious metals. Usually silver.
Few antiques create the same warm emotional response as the enamel box, -an object of beauty and eloquence. Enamelling is one of the oldest of the decorative arts and one of the most permanent. These boxes have been known throughout the the years by the magic name Battersea. Yet the Battersea factory closed in 1756, and for every box made in Battersea, thousands were made elsewhere. From the 15th century onwards magnificent painted enamel boxes were made at various times by English, French, German, Austrian, Swiss, Italian and Dutch artist-enamelers.
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