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Antique French Napoleon III era Enamel on Copper & Gilt Bronze Jewelry Casket
A superb antique French Napoleon III era enamel and gilt bronze jewelry casket. Adorned with five enamel on copper panels of a gorgeous Sevres 'Celeste' blue accented by a jeweled border of raised white enamel dots and gilt accents. Each panel is centered by a painted floral cluster of pale pink roses and blue flowers, likely forget-me-nots. A charming bouquet, beautifully detailed and the colors are stunning against the vibrant blue background. Such vibrant colors and amazing detail is quite difficult to achieve in the art of fire-kiln enamel on copper. As is typical of these pieces, the enameling was likely by one of the master enamellists of Sevres, similar to Bresson enamels with raised jeweled dots and the quality of Limoges enamels. Often the case, these were made exclusively for the Parisian boutique & workshop of renown retailer and cabinetmaker to Napoleon III: Alphonse TAHAN. The quality is just the same, superb in fact, and though this box lacks the signature often found on the inside edge of the bronze framework, Tahan would also use paper label's bearing his name to be found at the very base of the box (which often got lost or worn with time). This jewelry casket features gilt bronze framework with ornate scrolling feet. In very good to excellent condition for age and type. No missing white jewel dots. No chips or cracks to the enamel plaques, one or two small hairlines. Some wear to the gilding on the bronze as is expected for a piece of this age. The hinged lid opens to reveal a padded tufted and tucked silk lined interior, showing some wear from use but in overall good condition. Measures 5 7/8" length (including the feet) x 3 5/8" width x 3 1/8" height.
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