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Antique Nineteenth Century Vide Poche w/ Hand Painted Porcelain Medallion
A charming and beautiful item, it features an elegant hand painted porcelain medallion "scene galante" at the bottom center of the bowl. It is representative of the ornate little objects for the dressing table so popular during the late 19th century. It dates from 1890-1900 and originates from Paris.
The body is of gilded metal which has been hand cut in a series of patterns. The bottom stand has a scalloped edge with a cut diamond lattice pattern. This lattice continues to join a wide band with a hand cut design featuring two curved "C" shapes with a central diamond. The top of the bowl has a curved, scalloped edging. The two handles are in the from of a grapevine with a central textured leaf and two dainty flowers at either end of the vine.
The hand painted porcelain medallion is set into the center of the bowl. A gentleman in a brilliant blue waistcoat and knee breeches offers a pink flower to a charming young lady. The young lady holds a bouquet of flowers and wears a beautifully colorful ensemble. They stand in a pastoral setting with hazy trees in the background. The details of their facial expressions is lovely, their clothes delicately portrayed. The medallion measures 2 1/2" x 2" oval. There is some type of initial on the reverse bottom of the porcelain piece, either a "G" or and "S".
It remains in very good antique condition There is light wear to the gilding as is typical with age. The porcelain inset has no visible chips or cracks. It stands steady on the table top. The overall measurements are 1 3/4" tall, 5" across and 3" front to back center (top).
The delicate metal work combined with the fine painted porcelain medallion make this example a delightful "petit tresor".