Here is a wonderful example of the delicate and colorful porcelain of Chantilly, a factory in France that started in 1730. Early on, up until about 1750, they specialized in Japanese Kakiemon styles, as with this piece, and managed to copy the original colors very closely. At some time in its history, this handle was reengineered as a letter opener or perhaps a page turner. I suppose the owner decided it was more useful that way, since it had probably been separated from its mate. The blade has a sterling mark for Hamilton & Inches of Edinburgh with an 1876 date mark and a Queen Victoria duty mark. It is ten and a quarter inches long overall, with no damage and no wear to the porcelain decoration.


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ITEM ID
C504D
TYPE
Bone China, Ceramics, Decorative, Porcelain
STYLE
Georgian
ORIGIN
France • French
PURPOSE
Dinner Forks, Dinner Knives, Knives, Letter Openers
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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C1745 Chantilly Kakiemon Knife or Fork Handle Repurposed as Letter Opener Japanese Style 18thc

$450


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