Mid nineteenth century Viennese enamel silver mounted box.


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A mid nineteenth century Viennese enamel silver mounted box c. 1860.

This box dates from the mid part of the nineteenth century and is of outstanding quality and rarity. Viennese enamels are regarded as some of the finest in the world and the quality exhibited here leaves one in little doubt as to why. Each surface of the box is lavishly coloured with painted enamels. Two Gallants with their ladies adorn the lid, the outer edges of the box are covered in a delicate pink ground over which are painted a succession of blue flowers interspersed with fine gold decoration. The base shows a Lady playing the lute and a Gentleman the flute to a second Gallant in a rural setting. The quality of execution in both terms of draughtsmanship and painting is exceptional. On opening the box, further beautifully painted rural landscapes are to be found in the base and lid of the box. The silver mounts are delicately ornamented with pin struck decoration.

This exquisite box is 8 cm long, 4.7 cm wide and stands 2.5 cm high. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing only light wear to the gilding, appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.