Early nineteenth century German Enamel box. c. 1830.


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Early nineteenth century German Enamel box. c. 1830.

This exceptional and rare enamel box was produced in Germany near the start of the nineteenth century. It was produced for the French market in “Pompadour” pink, a very fashionable colour at that period. Unusually the decoration is achieved through the engraving of metal pieces which were then set into the enamel. This allowed for highly detailed work in the decoration, sometimes lacking from other European enamel makers and was much sought after. The lid of the box shows a Gallant and his Lady amongst the architectural features of a garden. The sides are decorated with foliate scrolls and flowers in the Baroque manner.

This charming and rare box is 7cm wide, 4.5cm deep and stands 3.7cm high when closed. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age. It has no damage and no restoration.