This delightful French, compact box dates to the late nineteenth century. It looks just like solid gold but I believe it is made of ‘pomponne’ which is the French equivalent of the English pinchbeck. In other words this is an alloy of base metals made to look like gold.
The box measures 1 and 11/16” (4.2cms) square across the base. It is ¾” (1.8cms tall. It weighs 32.8 grams.
The lid is inset with a porcelain disc with an exquisitely painted young lady. She is very pretty and wears a lilac coloured hat with gold detailing. It has a butterfly bow on the top and is inlaid with glistening red and blue enamel. Her coat and lapels are similarly inlaid. Around the lid and edges is delicate engraving .
It opens easily from the front to reveal a gold interior and an intact mirror. It closes firmly.
The back is plain gold.
This outstandingly beautiful piece can be used as a compact, pill or trinket box. With the exception of a shallow indent in the front, barely noticeable, it is in excellent antique condition.
I’m sure this delightful piece will attract many admirers. It will arrive carefully presented and protected.
French Antique 'Pomponne' Porcelain Lady Compact Box
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