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European Hand Painted Porcelain Enamel Round Trinket Box - Circa 1900
This sweet box had a lot of work put into it's design. You have the base blue and white porcelain enamels on a metal box. A craftsman then applied minute gold foil stars on the blue top and bottom portions of the box There were also gold foil circles placed to sit underneath the cream colored enamel dots (called jewels) accenting the division of the white and blue porcelain enamels on the top and side of the box. He then hand painted those twelve rose bouquets on top of the white porcelain. Just a lot of hand and time consuming work for this small treasure.
The enamel is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips, deep scratches, nasty abrasions or repairs. I could only find two flaws. The first is some minute to small surface only scratches visible on the blue porcelain, mostly on the bottom. The second is two missing jewels located on the lid at the 6 and 9 o'clock positions when the box is held with the hinge at 12 o'clock.
The base metal appears to be either copper or rose brass that has been gold plated. The rims show some uneven surface but this appears to possibly be from crimping in the enamel top and bottom. The hinge is original without repair. It has a light wiggle but is intact and works smoothly. The closure is a friction form of closure and the box stays closed when held upside down and lightly shaken. The gold plate is somewhat even on the rims and is a mellow color of gold. The interior of the box is nicely even in tone but is much brighter in color.
There are no hallmarks any where on the box but it is typical of Limoges enamel boxes of the late Victorian period. Since it isn't marked France it may have been made before 1891. It's base is 1 13/16" in dia and the lid is 1 5/8" in dia. with the box standing approx. 1 1/8" tall. The interior of the bottom half of the box is 1 5/16" in dia. and is 1/2" deep.
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