Late eighteenth century Ivory bonbonniere with hand painted miniature.


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Fine late eighteenth century ivory and tortoiseshell bonbonniere set with a hand painted miniature.

This superb quality bonbonniere or sweet box was made in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. It is of an exceptionally high degree of craftsmanship, the ivory having delicate tortoiseshell stringing to the outer edges of the box and a full tortoiseshell lining. The lid is set with a hand painted miniature of a beautiful young lady in a blue dress, set in a finely engraved oval frame. Bonbonnieres were in common use from the mid eighteenth century through to the first part of the nineteenth and came in a wide variety of styles, much like the snuff boxes of the time.

This fine box, procuced in around 1780, stands 2cm high and is 7.3cm in diameter. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing only light scratches and wear appropriate to its age, function and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.