Antique 18th Century Enamel Gaming Tray Counter Dish Romantic French Friendship Quotation Circa 1790 Valentine
A gorgeous little Georgian reticulated gaming basket from the last quarter of the 18th century. This George III period tray would have originally been part of a five tray set: four small and one large. One would have a small for each player and the larger tray to hold the kitty/ collected coinage. Sets were used during the many popular card games such as Quadrille...yes, the Georgians LOVED gambling; ladies especially. This exquisite little treasures oozes delicacy and romantic charm which indicates its ownership by a female. The enamel over copper decoration is oh so pretty: the flaming hearts, swags and roses surrounded by the French statement "TOUJOURS UNIS PAR L'AMITE" - "Always united by friendship". If you adore such George III enamel goodies, please see its larger pink partner sold separately item TA11665
Size: 4" by 3.5" by 1"
Condition: The lattice/ reticulated sides have suffered wear and damage to the enamel as is so common with these trays. There has been much old restoration to the latticework both to the interior white enamel and gilding and exterior green enamel, please study our many images. This restoration looks fine from a distance when on display but upon scrutiny appears to be non professional. The interior of the tray where the main decoration appears in is very good to excellent condition with just one very faint hairline to the enamel.
A super little item that will look as pretty as a picture in your boudoir.
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