Gorgeous box with 5 porcelain panels, 1 on the lid and 4 on the sides, and with somewhat humorous depictions of court cards. The underside of the box has a small stamped word, “GERMANY,” and there are 3 Queens and 2 Jacks on the 5 panels that are loosely related to the German Berlin Pattern. I have described this box as a 19th century box, because the court cards are “single ended,” full figure designs, but this is hardly conclusive, as the panels do not seriously attempt to "copy" the designs of any pattern. Frankly, I do not know much about porcelain, antique or otherwise, and am quite uncertain about the date this box was made.
The base material of the box is wood. The porcelain panels have been added, along with brass strips framing top, bottom and sides, and brass bun feet. The box is basically a cube shape, measuring 5” x 5” x 5”, although when the bun feet are included, the vertical dimension is slightly greater. This is not a “card box.” It is a box for general use, with playing cards on the porcelain panels.
In my opinion, the box is in excellent condition. I suspect that if polished, the brass elements would shine up beautifully, but I prefer not to disturb what seems to me to be an authentic patina.
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