This is a miniature bas-relief porcelain folding screen consisting of three separate panels held together with bronze hinges. It is gorgeously hand-painted with the scene of the country side, underneath a beautiful blue sky. There are many horsemen, and fine ladies riding side saddle atop their horses. You can see their dresses flowing down on the side of the horses, also their big colorful hats. There are several children playing on the ground
This is a spectacular piece made of the hard paste porcelain of early Naples that is fully marked with the Coronet (Crown) over the letter N for Naples.
The center panel is topped with a heavily gilded header, with pink flowers on the very top. The center medallion is that of the gold Fleur-de-Lys symbol on blue enamel. This was the mark first used on early Capodimonte pieces created before the first original "Royal Factory", (pre-1759) began.
The side panels just extend the country side scene. There is a small child atop a pony on one side, and there are two more ladies on their horses, and children playing on the other side. The art work on this piece is just stunning.
This is such an unusual piece, not only for what it is, but for the subject matter of the art work. It definitely qualifies as being called rare, and a treasure from history!
Size: Extreme Height 4 5/8", Extreme Width 5 7/8"
Condition: On the back of one of the side panels, there is breakage of the porcelain. It is right by the bottom screw area, which does completely separate. The top screw is in fine condition, so the panel itself is secure, and none of this damage can be seen from the front. All three panels fold down precisely, the two sides lying flat on the center panel.