This is a beautiful late 19th century bas-relief Capodimonte style porcelain box or casket with ormolu mounts. The box features a lidded top centered with a classical scene closing on a serpentine shaped casket with medallions of classical Greek scenes cornered by dolphin pilasters. The hand painted scenes are finally detailed and highlighted with gilding.
The box is made of hard-paste porcelain in the early Naples style of Capo di monte. It is entirely hand decorated with incredible detail, and is a true work of art. Although it's stamped with the spurious mark of Royal Naples, a crown over the letter N, it was made in Germany in the latter 19th century to the early part of the 20th century by Ernst Bohne Sons of Rudolstadt, Germany. Ernst Bohne founded his porcelain company in 1848 and proceeded to produce very fine quality hard-paste porcelain in the style of Meissen, Dresden, Royal Naples Capodimonte, and Berlin. The company was eventually sold to Albert Stahl. The quality of their work rivaled that of the best German factories and they won many prestigious international awards for their accomplishments.
The box is in excellent condition with an unusual lion head mount closure.
Size: 5" Height x 12" Length x 7" Width.
Capodimonte Bas Relief Jewelry Box or Casket