This is a Bohemian Czech art glass box, made of purple amethyst glass, dating to the 19th century, circa 1885.
The box is 3 ½” high and 3 ¼” wide.
The rims are lined in brass, with a hinge at the back, and a snap closure in the front. Some photos show the lid slightly askew, however the lid does close firmly. The metal has age patina. There is some white residue under the metal that shows on the edge; I don’t know what it is.
The top is hand enameled in white with what is called a Mary Gregory type of decoration, which is typically a depiction of a child at play. This child is a boy holding flowers in his right hand, and a hoop and stick in his left hand. Foliage goes up each side. More enameling is around the sides of the box in the shape of hearts.
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 pieces with flesh colored enamel paint added are more highly valued.
The bottom is slightly indented and smooth.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks.
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