This is a rare example of a proverb box, which illustrates a well known maxim.
The box has the most delicate and ethereal countenance. It is light and airy, with an exquisite vignette hand painted on the reverse side of the glass. It dates towards 1825.
The banner at the top reads "Abundance is the fruit of work" Sitting firmly beneath the banner is a large honey bee hive. In front of the hive a bountiful crimson red cornucopia is overflowing with ripe peaches, cherries, apples, grapes and herbs. Delicate Leaves and berries continue across the design to form a framing band connected to either side of the banner. Bits of hand painted gilt give the vignette giving a jewel-like effect.
The clear glass is set into a round brass mount. A thin layer of pressed Dresden paper embellishes the outer side. The interior sides are gilded over paper board. The bottom of the box is of glass which has been set into a round brass mount.
The box measures: 2 1/2" in diameter and 3/4" tall. It is in exceptional antique condition for it's advanced age and delicate nature. There are no cracks to the glass and little wear to the hand painted design.
The illustrated proverb is as true in our world today as it was in the early 19th century. The subject, the intricate hand painted design and the gilded accents of this box are simply glorious.
Rare Restauration Era "Proverb" Eglomise Boite a Dragees (Bon Bon Box)