Antique signed Volkstedt porcelain trinket box with a hand painted portrait of Princesse de Lamballe. Beautiful central portrait, very detailed and delicately painted with gilded bronze mount and deep cobalt blue porcelain enamel base with floral gold accents . The base is decorated with gold gilt floral accents which are in excellent bright condition. The box is signed with an underglaze blue cross with u shaped endings. The box opens and closes securely. There is minimal wear to the gold gilt around the edge, especially where the lid rests on the box. There are a few inherent kiln flecks on the interior of the box that were part of the manufacturing process. There is an impressed mark on the underside of the lid which is illegible. There are no chips, cracks or repairs to the box. There was residue on the bottom from an old price sticker which I have completely cleaned off. The portrait is more detailed and beautiful in person.
Marie Therese Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe was a confidante of Marie Antoinette who was killed by a mob September 1792 during the French Revolution. Her severed head was paraded through the streets of Paris on a pike and legend has it that Marie Antoinette saw her beautiful friend's gruesome severed head. This little trinket box shows the princess with her signature hairstyle, piled high upon her head, encircled with a wreath of flowers.
Date: Late 19th century
Marks: Volkstedt underglaze blue mark with cross and u shapes on one side
Size: oval 2 3/4 inches at widest point and 3 1/8 inches long
Condition: Excellent. No paint loss to portrait or blue enamel or gilt floral decoration to base. Slight wear to gold gilding on bronze mount consistent with age and useage. Please see photos. Overall, this box is much nicer with more detail in person.
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