Vintage Ruby Red Iridescent Champlevé Enamel Jewelry Box Indo/Persian
The style of this fold-out jewelry box is Indo-Persian, so NW India or Pakistan. Also the heavy made clasp, the handle, and the type of enamel and technique are typical for the Indian sub-continent. The predominate ruby red enamel is the champlevé technique. Designs, in this case vines and small flowers, are cut out of the metal and filled in with iridescent enamel, making it sparkle somewhat. Iridescent enamel was first used around 1890. The top of the box also has a tiered or stacked design done in a cream and pale green enamel.
The box, which is 5 inches tall, 4.75 deep, and 6 inches across, has two tiers of pull out side trays, and three larger front trays; making for a lot of storage room for such a small box. Each tray is lined with blue silk. The top holds a mirror the full dimension of the box. Circa 1960s. Value $750
Condition is appropriate for its age. The silk shows wear, the long 4.25" clasp looks like the under side locking tip is no longer there, and the key is missing. No problems with the brass or enameling of this charming, rare box.