Lovely Capodimonte style porcelain snuff or trinket box. By German manufacturer Rudolstadt, Ernst Bohne Sons (1901-1920). The box is richly decorated in bas relief hand painted in vivid colors with cherubs or putti figures playing with a goat. Embellished with gilt accents. Finished with bronze or brass hinged mounts. Base is marked with spurious blue crowned N mark. In overall good condition with general wear commensurate with age. Measures 3 1/2" length x 3 5/8" width x 2" height.
The Ernst Bohne factory of Rudolstadt, Thuringia, was founded in 1848. In 1854 Ernst passed away and the factory became Ernst Bohne Söhne (Ernst Bohne Sons). Producers of fine quality porcelain in the style of Meissen, Dresden, Royal Naples Capodimonte, and Berlin. The firm marked their wares with the crown N mark until 1920, a pseudo mark similar to the original utilized by the Royal Naples / Capodimonte factory in the mid 19th century. Though in the style, these German pieces were made of hard paste porcelain as opposed to Italian soft-paste Capodimonte wares.
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