This amazing papier mache card case fits well into the category of objet de vertu. It has a glowing surface of black with stunning painted sprays of flowers on both sides and one side includes a magnificent orange bird of paradise with multi-coloured wings and white tail feathers. The top of the case has an intricate design in gilding which drifts from the top of the card case to the main section. The very top of the case has a small silver cartouche and the thumb press appears also to be of silver. The interior is lined with red velvet and it opens and closes with a satisfying snap. The condition is fabulous for age. Although unsigned, this must have been created by one of the masters of papier mache work and painting (such as Jennens & Bettridge). This could be a decorative star of any collection of card cases or other beautiful objects. 4 ins (10.2cm) x 2.6 ins (6.7cm). 50 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 396.
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