A charming antique French 19th century Paris Porcelain patch or snuff box / tabatiere. Circular in form with a slightly domed lid. Hand painted with a central portrait of a courting couple in a pastoral setting. Decorated further with a lovely pink fish scale ground embellished with gilt accents. Circled by a bronze or brass hinged mount with S shaped clasp. The hinged lid opening to a gilded interior. Marked with blue crossed swords between the letters E and C which stand for Marc Eugene Clauss, grandson to the factory's founder Jean-Marie Clauss-who took over Porcelaine de Paris in 1820. The mark might lead some to Meissen, and the quality of the porcelain is similar, but it is Porcelaine de Paris and the mark was used between 1868-1896. The factory was sued by Meissen in 1896 for using the crossed swords mark. In good antique condition with a professional restoration to the lid as shown. Measures 2 1/4" diameter x 1 5/8" height.
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