A porcelain box has been formed in the shape of a gentlemen’s top hat. Tall and grey, the hat has gloves hand painted on the top, a brass ribbon along the side for a clasp, and a painted blue ribbon.
A tiny Limoges porcelain box, easily held in the palm of one’s hand, is the epitome of miniature beauty, of craftsmanship par excellence. Originally created to hold snuff, but also candies and other cherished objects, these miniature boxes became symbols of their times. They reflected, perhaps more than any other everyday object, the social mores, decorative skills, technological advances, and even politics of days gone by. Today, Limoges boxes are used to mark life’s special occasions or collected as prizes of lasting splendor.
H: 1 3/8 in (3.5 cm)
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