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1810 Powder Box Jar Ormolu Crystal Glass Eagles and Griffins
1810 Napoleon I Empire powder box in Crystal Glass and Ormolu with miniature portrait of a lady with red headband. The open work frame is decorated with eagles and griffons or gryphons in the true Greco-Roman style.
The box is an open frame with crystal glass insert and lift off ormolu lid adorned with a beautiful portrait miniature of a lady in a red head band. The open frame has two cast imperial eagles holding the symbols of power; the olive branch and the bunch of arrows. The frame also has two casts of griffins drinking from a fountain. The miniature portrait is framed by concentric bands of decorative motifs. The outer band consists of bunches of grapes and vine leaves.
The Empire style of Napoleon copied the Romans and the Ancient Greeks. In this box we see the Roman eagles and griffins. The side is decorated with a Greek key motif band. The lady in the portrait even has her hair in the Roman style.
The box is in exceptional condition. The crystal glass liner has a sunburst pattern cut into the underside and it is probably an early Baccarat glass. It is free from chips or cracks or flea bites. The glass was hand blown because there are tell tale small little bubbles of air within the glass.
The frame is in excellent condition and the lid is also in superb condition. The portrait is protected by a glass cover.
The box measures 4 1/2 inches in diameter and it is 2 1/4 inches high.
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Patrick G Burke, Sligo, Ireland
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