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19th Century French Limoges Enamel Box

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Rectangular Limoges enamel box with its key and gilt bronze mounts. The box rests on four curved, sweeping feet that are richly decorated with volutes and foliage. The entire surface of the lid is decorated with a scene depicting two characters on a bench in a rural landscape. A man is dressed in typical 18th century clothing and is leaning in to a young farm girl, whispering sweet nothings to her about the French capital, the name of which he has written on the ground: "Paris." The woman, seated sensibly next to him, her hands crossed in her lap, looks dreamily at this word which her companion just wrote with his cane. At their feet lies a sleeping dog and a covered basket. Scenes depicting the same landscape with a forested border, lake, and houses in the background decorate the four sides of the casket. The interior is lined with silk. Some wear to the silk. The second half of the 19th century was the golden age of Limoges porcelain. The factories were on the cutting edge of technical expertise that allowed them to secure their reputation for circa 50 years. The managers of these factories asserted their personalities and tastes, and regularly called on the expertise of famous artists who came, for the most part, from Paris. In addition, the Universal Expositions proved to be advantageous for them, allowing them to gain quick and widespread notoriety. In the decorative arts at the time, Historicism was de rigeur, and this return to the past borrows many references from the 18th century, of which this casket is a fine example. Bibliography: C. Meslin-Perrier, Limoges, deux siecles de porcelaine, Paris, ed. de l'Amateur, 2002, circa 1880. Dim: W 8.1 in - D 3.9in - H 3.1in. Dim: L 20.5cm, P 10cm, H 8cm.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 3.15 in. x W 8.08 in. x D 3.94 in.H 8 cm x W 20.5 cm x D 10 cm
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Seller Reference Number
    4134
  • Reference Number
    LU206535043083
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