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Antique Nineteenth Century Italian Capodimonte Coffre with Gilded Bronze Mounts
This unique style of Italian pottery began production in the mid-eighteenth century. An exquisite coffre, it continues the fine tradition of this unique Italian porcelain. The coffre/box dates from 1830-1890.
This example is a bit unusual as it is set into a fabulous gilded bronze mount (most often found are examples with no mounts).
Favored by the royalty of Spain and Italy, Capodimonte porcelain continued production through all political turmoil, with the royal factories being protected by the reigning kings. Fine examples survive today thanks to the popularity of this unusual porcelain with the royalty of Spain and Italy.
The porcelain of Capodimonte is always ornamented with mythological scenes which are slightly raised up from the flat surfaces. This beautiful coffre continues the fine tradition. Beginning with the lid: it is embellished with a fanciful scene of cherubs and flying men who hold bows and arrows. They are raining arrows down upon the unsuspecting human population, sending people and horses to hide and run. There is a Greek temple in background and an almost park-like setting with brilliant green grass and trees. The front panel has the same design as the lid. The two side panels portray more peaceful scenes ....the right side shows ladies and men in a pastoral setting with floating people swinging in ribbons (who seem to watch over the ever changing lives of humans on earth). The left side features a satyr at the water with a group of people and a horse. Behind the men people blowing trumpets and above them in the heavens are floating humans in ribbon swings.
The vibrant colors of this box are one of the hallmarks of this type of pottery. French blue, rose pinks, spring greens, purples and oranges all have unusually clear and fresh hues.
The box is stamped on the bottom with a marquis crown dating it from between 1830 and 1890.
The fantastic gilded bronze mount features 4 ram's heads and single hooves at each corner. Fine scallop shells and scrolls connect the feet. There is a porcelain band around the top edge of lid which has tiny winged cherubs and flowers floating in across the clouds. There is a fine gilded mount around the lid of connecting ball shapes. There is a fancy gilded bronze closing latch. The interior is upholstered with a tufted ivory silk with little covered silk buttons.
The coffre measures: 6" tall, 9" wide across bottom feet, 6 3/4 deep across bottom feet. The interior is 4 1/4" deep. The coffre survives in amazing condition. The interior has hardly any wear or fading. The exterior has no visible cracks or chips. The gilded bronze mounts remain brilliant and sound.
It is an exceptional example of fine, antique Italian Capodimonte porcelain.
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