This is a Bohemian Czech ruby red art glass box. The date is circa 1885.
The box is 2 3/8” high and 5” wide.
The bottom and lid are distinct pieces; there is no hinge.
The top of the lid is hand painted in a city street scene and surrounded by a wreath of berries or leaves. A lacy white enamel design is painted around the bottom of the box.
Mary Gregory decoration is white enamel painting on art glass. Most of this decoration on antique glass was done in Bohemia between 1880 and 1920; this type of decoration started around 1815 and continues today, but the more modern post war techniques are evident because the characters are out of proportion and the detail isn’t clear, for example the head will be over-sized. The quality of the painting on the antique glass is determined by the detail and how many firings it went through. The white enamel decoration isn’t all children at play and adult figures, as there are bird and butterfly motifs, rural scenes, deer in a forest, etc.
Mary Gregory decoration is also called “Painted Cameo” or “Poor Man’s Cameo.”
The rim of the mouth and the rim of the underside of the lid are flat. The middle of the underside bottom is indented and smooth.
There are some small air bubbles in the glass, which is part of the glassmaking process from this time period.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks.
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