This is a superb late 18th century bonbonniere in puce monochrome (camaieu). This maker is renowned for their Faïence (Fayence) tin-glazed earthenware and the mark ‘VP’ on the base shows that this was made after the death of the original maker whose factory was continued by his wife. This particular piece has a flat back with remaining curved sides and a curved lid. The decoration is in classic monochrome camaieu style and depicts lovers on the lid and idyllic country scenes around the edges. On the lid is an artist’s signature which appears to be ‘E. Ducroy’. The mounts are a dark metal and it closes firmly. The interior is plain and off-white in colour with areas of discolouration. The outer aspects of the box are in beautiful condition. Bonbonnieres were used for small sweetmeats or lozenges and this box could have had other uses such as to contain snuff etc. This is a delightful, signed early piece with renowned maker’s mark. 2.75 ins (6.5cm) x 2 ins (5cm) x 1.5 ins (4cm). Weight 94 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 96.
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