This is a small French Charles Field Haviland – Gerard, Dufraisseix and Morel – hard paste porcelain box. The date is the last part of the 19th century, circa 1891 – 1900.
The box is 1 5/8” high and 3 ½” wide.
The ground is blue. On the sides and the top of the lid is an enameled purple and white daisy with small pink flowers and stems and leaves in raised gold. The decoration is hand painted at the factory, not outside-of-the factory. There is no transfer work involved. The edge of the lid is brushed with gold.
The inside is glazed white, under the lid and on the underside. On the underside of the lid, the thin band that is the rim is bisque, or unglazed. The ridge on the box over which the lid rests is also bisque or unglazed. This ridge has two abrasions on the bisque; I show the abrasions in two photos, with the flaws circled in red. Unglazed porcelain will chip or shed layers over time, and that is what happened here. The flaws can’t be seen with the lid on.
The green underglaze maker’s mark is CFH/GDM France. There is no decorator’s mark, but that is often the case with CFH, the factory never applied a decorating mark overglaze.
There are no other chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
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