Beautifully drawn Italian cosmetic compact C.1900's. This collectible Italian silver cosmetic compact is engraved all over: on the front, rear, and side rim. The compact measures 3 5/8" X 2 7/8" X 3/8" and weighs 99 grams. The top lid is adorned with an elaborate hand painted enamel pastoral scene miniature. A young lady and a young man in rural surrounding in affectionate date scene - that had been a favorite motif on Italian drawings for centuries. Sophisticated scroll work and floral patterns engraved on the top lid accented with cobalt blue enamel. The back of the compact is also covered with intricate engraving. It places this compact apart from others from the same period. The beveled mirror is in excellent condition.
The top lid is hallmarked 800 inside at the upper side of the mirror. There are 2 small factory imperfections on cobalt blue enamel on the left side visible under magnifying glass. Overall excellent antique condition.