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Antique 19th century Champleve Portre Montre (Watch Holder)
With it's harp-like foorm and it's jewel toned enamel design, this small watch holder has a very dignified personality. It originates from France and dates towards 1890. We sell the watch holder only, the watch is for display purpose.
During the late 19th century watch holders could be found in a vast variety of shapes and forms. Champleve enamel work was especially popular and appeared in all type of accessories.
This piece has a fine bronze form. This has been ornamented by champleve enamel work in colors of French Blue, Royal Blue, Rose, White and Crimson. The pedestal has a lovely bull-nosed band with a repeating tooth design. The bronze is attached to a white marble base and there is a metal plate at the underneath side of the marble. The pocket for the watch is lined with crimson velvet.
It is in very good antique condition. There are a few tiny bits of missing enamel as is typical with age and used. The crimson velvet is worn as is typical. It measures: 5 1/16" tall, 2 1/2" across the widest point of the bronze body, the pocket for the watch has a width of 1/2", the marble base is 3" in diameter. It is a heavy and solid little piece. As mentioned above, we sell the holder only the watch is for reference.
It would be divine on a small dressing table or small desk. It awaits to serve a special family timepiece just as it would have in it's very long history in France.