THIS EXQUISITE and MOST RARE Work OF ART, Crafted in blue tinged porcelain enamel, unusually set with a jeweled timepiece it has been framed with Bronze Dore, and multiple hand painted pastoral vignettes of the first quarter 19th century Louis XVI tastes...castles, putto, a mandolin playing gentlemen, an elegantly dressed noblewoman and castles.
Each vignette different, each one beautifully rendered and executed with minute detail on both the exterior and interior.. As you open the casket, the "works" of the timepiece is revealed and set within a hand-painted landscape, the inside base beautifully hand painted with a castle in landscape.
In clear colors of pink and blue, this Sevres style Timepiece casket , was commissioned for a person of wealth for it was meant to be held.... the gem-like paintings appreciated, the base, sides and inner surfaces exquisitely decorated, with the inside lid containing the working timepiece A Truly Stunning overall result.
Measurements: 2 1/2" x 2" oval.
Condition: Excellent, no breaks, chips , repairs or crazing, with a Bronze Dore framed tight fitting lid.
This is a very fine piece of outstanding form and craftsmanship. This rare piece, a Timepiece Casket of investment quality, a treasure for the serious collector. These small caskets are among the most widely sought after by serious collectors in the antique market today.. these painted treasures found on German , French, Viennese and English boxes have propelled these tiny treasures into the collecting stratosphere.