This is a Bohemian box, not hinged, with a top and bottom. The glass is black. The date is circa 1880.
The box is 8” high to the top of the finial and 4” wide at the lower belly.
The finial is crenellated, which is a style a few of the Bohemian glassmakers used at this time, and Harrach more than others. The finial forms a small vase that be used to hold things, well modernly like Q-Tips. The box would have held face powder or cotton puffs for cleaning the face. It makes the box more of a dresser item, though it can be used to hold anything or just for decoration.
The front of the box is hand enameled in blue and white. The heron is standing on one foot, with one wing spread out, the neck swiveled, and the beak holding a fish. Be sure to zoom in on the scene as there are a lot of brush strokes adding detail to the bird. The leaves and foliage are painted in blue, and again, the leaves show a lot of detail. The enamel is raised up nicely from the glass, and along with the skilled painting, and with the crenellated shape, it means the glassmaker is most likely Harrach, plus Harrach liked producing black glass.
The edges are trimmed in gold with some fine lines of gold around the finial and the base. There were gold lines around the lid but this gold is mostly worn away due to handling over the decades.
The rim is polished flat and trimmed with gold. The bottom underside is polished smooth with a slight indentation.
The bottom inside edge of the lid has a number of fleabite nicks, and these pinprick nicks are too tiny to photograph; this is the bottom that fits inside the box. There are no other nicks, chips or cracks.
Bohemian Czech Harrach Black Art Glass Box Crenellated Top Hand Enameled Heron Bird Fish c 1880
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