A ravishing small stamp box, it is embellished with French champleve enamel work. It originates from just outside of Paris and dates towards 1890.
The body of the box is cast bronze. It stands on four little half globe feet. The rectangular shape begins with a double tiered skirt at the bottom Four side panels are each filled with enamel work (the design is cast with the box, leaving slight indentations into which the enamel is applied). Flowers, scrols and leaves make up the design in white, green, yellow, blue and pink enamel. The lid has four half moon shapes along the outer edge. There is a central brass medallion (which would have been used to have the owner's initials engraved upon). There is a wreath of green leaves surrounding the brass medallion with flowers, arabesques and leaves filling the overall design. The background is a rich midnight blue with accenting colors of pink, white, yellow and French blue.
The box opens with a fine hinge. It is 3/4" deep and would have been used for stamps. The overall measurements are: 3" x 2" x 1 1/4" high. It is in very good antique condition: working hinge, sturdy legs: some very slight worn and missing bits of enamel as is typical with age and use. The brass channels could be polished but we chose to leave them with their antique patina.
It is a handsome authentic antique accessory and a lovely example of French champleve enamel work.
Antique Nineteenth Century French Champleve Stamp Box