OUTSTANDING enamelled box.
Dates to about 1740.
Measures: 3 1/4inch long; 2 3/8inch front to back and 1 1/2inch high.
The box is enamel on metal.
The metal frame might be gold as was often the case, but this is not clear.
It is beautifully decorated with delicate engraving, and the thumb piece is a raised arc.
The box itself is rectangular with a slightly arched lid.
The outside of the box is handpainted in a soft pink red.
Each surface depicts a scene of village life:
Even the underside has a small vignette.
The inside of the lid is definately museum quality.
It depicts an aristocratic, wealthy lady.
She smiles gently out at the viewer.
Her face is soft and beautiful, painted in delicate detail and colours.
As is to be expected, there is surface cracking in many places on this box.
Metalwork in very good condition.
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