Delicate and Dynamite! Circa 1850, Figural, Porcelain, Bodkin / Needle Case – Ladies Arm with Hand Grasping Bunch of Grapes.
During the Victorian era, needle cases were made of wood, bone, sterling silver, pewter, porcelain and an endless list of other materials. Often shaped like figural or decorative items these cases were quite fanciful. Today, needle cases are highly collectible. It is extremely difficult to find a porcelain needle case in great condition. Due to the many years and use, most did not survive.
This delicate, figural needle case is created in the shape of a ladies arm grasping a bunch of luscious grapes. Hand painted gilt leaves accent the flesh colored shirt. The hand painted feathery leaves encircle the base of the needle case. The hand painted gilt leaves are in great condition. An elegant, white ruffled, cuffed sleeve, leads to an intricate, lace pattern on the forearm. The "lace-work" is extremely intricate. The lace resembles a dainty glove. Each of the delicate fingers are clearly delineated. The fingers and the bunch of grapes are extremely fragile. The tiny grapes are a plum violet combination. The color is brilliant. The luscious bunch of grapes is complete with a tiny, green stem. The green stem is so fragile! It is amazing that this piece is still in fantastic condition after all of these years. A brass lid completes this wonderful needle case. A fancy band of pretty scrollwork accents the brass lid. The lid is in great condition. The brass lid opens easily and closes securely. The black and white spots that you see in the photographs are dust and flashback from the camera. In the photographs everything is MAGNIFIED. The spots are NOT damage - just dust and flashback! This well-made, exceptional piece is sensational in every detail. This delightful needle case cannot be appreciated from the photographs. The photos do not do this SPECTACULAR piece justice. It was hard to capture the true dimension and depth of the luscious grapes and the fine details of the ladies arm. The workmanship on this piece is outstanding! This needle case is top quality! ONE, TINY grape has a damage. The grapes are extremely delicate. It looks as if the damage is old. The damage is not noticeable. I needed to look under my loupe in order to find the damaged grape. The spectacular artistry far outweighs the tiny bit of damage on this heavenly needle case. There is one TINY spot of rough paint on the flesh colored arm. The damage is mentioned for accuracy and the needle case is priced accordingly. The minor, tiny, rough spot on the paint is normal for this type of porcelain. The detailed artistry far outweighs the tiny bit of damage on this glorious needle case! I ALWAYS mention EVERY, TINY damage. I prefer to be overly cautious then to have an unhappy customer. Otherwise; GREAT condition; NO; DINGS, DENTS, REPAIRS, CHIPS, FLAKES, or CRACKS! This marvelous needle case measures approximately 5 inches in length. This outstanding needle case would be a fantastic addition to your collection. I guarantee this delightful needle case to be antique. This glorious needle case would be a great gift for the collector. ***PLEASE NOTE: PayPal Payments due within 48 hours of purchase. *** ALL shipping costs are included! PRICED TO SELL!! **FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE**!! COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAP AVAILABLE!!!
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