Lovingly hand crafted, this 19th century enameled pot was made in Syria using a Cuerda Seca style of enameling.
Cuerda Seca enameling is done in the following manner: The design is stamped or carved into the surface after which colored glazes are applied. The contours of the designs are detailed with a mixture of beeswax or vegetable fat and manganese oxide...
This pair of bronze candlesticks was produced in France in the late 19th century. They measure 6 3/4 inches high and the base has a diameter of 4 1/2 inches. There are 3 areas on the candlesticks that have the champlevé enamel decorations, the cup that holds the candle, the bobeche and the base. The enamel decoration is elaborate and very colorful. There are girl and boy cherub figures creating the shaft of both pieces. They are in excellent, antique condition.
An elaborate design of fan-like reliefs on the softly domed top of this superb cloisonne box depicts a blue bird resting on a lily and a butterfly about to taste the nectar of a flower, this latter relief with a ground of deep green sparked with "goldstone." Brocade patterns (nishiki-de) decorate the sides. An old label is still inside the lid. Late Nineteenth Century, Japan, 4-3/4 inches by 3-5/8 inches by two inches high.
Rare Enamel Victoria Sovereign Case, English C.1885. The cover with enamel of a dog, coin platform with the head of Victoria, the interior of cover with embossed foliate decoration. Gilded metal. Case measures: 1 ¼ inches diameter x 1 3/4 inches height to top of bale.
English Battersea or South Staffordshire Enamel Patch Box, c. 1770. "View of Weymouth." Excellent condition. No restorations or chips. The glaze has some crackling. Please see photos.
Pair of small antique Peking enamel jardinières, rectangular and decorated with floral sprays and a scene of a figure in a boat; with carved hardwood stands. Circa 1900.
Height: 5” (with stand)
Attributed to South Staffordshire, England, Possibly Bilston, late 18th century. The “gingham finish” was principally produced in this area. By placing a piece of cambric over solid ground color and then applying white enamel this finish was achieved. The three dimensional decoration was also found in the area. It was normally created by applying several layers of enamel. In addition, the unusual heart shape has been found in other Bilston boxes...
18th-century English Transferware Patch Box; Now known as Royal Leamington Spa, the town of Leamington began its prodigious spa industry in 1784 when it began building baths around its salt springs. Consequently, the image on this patch box displays a Classical figure holding a caduceus, a symbol of the medical community dating back the sixteenth century. Thus, it is safe to say that this could have been produced no earlier than the last quarter of the eighteenth century...
English, Bilston, 18th century, patch box. These memento boxes were popular at the end of the eighteenth century and frequently given as tokens of friendship and love. They were also purchased as souvenirs while traveling. They frequently started with the phrase “A trifle from...” as seen on this box. Usually oval in shape, but also circular and rectangular, their decoration reflected the popular styles of the day. However, this box is particularly unusual in its mention of Blockley...
English, Bilston, 18th century, patch box. These memento boxes were popular at the end of the eighteenth century and frequently given as tokens of friendship and love. Usually oval in shape, but also circular and rectangular, their decoration reflected the popular styles of the day. For example, by the 1790s Neoclassical style swags, doves, hearts, and borders were the most commonly used decoration of the day.
Allover cracking. Small losses to the lid, one side and the bottom...
Most likely French, 19th century. A nineteenth-imitation of the extremely popular souvenir boxes made in Bilston at the end of the eighteenth century (see 5218-18). However, it clearly dates to the late nineteenth century. The lug and ribbed banding on the metal hinge, and the inferior quality of the painting identify this box as a nineteenth-century creation...
Early 19th century English enamel on copper patch box of the HMS Victory. Keepsakes commemorating Admiral Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar, which was considered the most decisive British victory during the Napoleonic Wars, were extremely popular. These keepsakes included patch boxes, like this one, which celebrated Nelson’s famous ship, the HMS Victory. IT IS OVAL IN FORM AND DEPICTS A POLYCHROME SCENE OF NELSON'S FLAG SHIP "THE VICTORY" IN FULL SAIL AFTER THE BATTLE OF 1805...
Most likely French, 19th century. Cracks to interior and exterior lid. Very fine crackling to body
Susan Benjamin. English Enamel Boxes. (1976).
Most likely French, 19th century, snuff/pill box, However, it clearly dates to the late nineteenth century. The lug and ribbed banding on the metal hinge, as well as the loose hand-painted nature of the lid identify this box as a nineteenth century creation.
Very good condition. Some loss to interior enamel and on the underside.
English, most likely Bilston, eighteenth century. The elongated oval shape, all over floral decoration, and the unusual brown painted panels are not infrequent characteristics of Bilston’s “gingham finish” enamel boxes, hence the Bilston attribution.
Fine cracks to enamel, and small losses on both sides and back.
Susan Benjamin. English Enamel Boxes. (1976.)
5218-21: English, Bilston, late 18th century, patch box these memento boxes were popular at the end of the eighteenth century and frequently given as tokens of friendship and love. Usually oval in shape, but also circular and rectangular, there decoration reflected the popular styles of the day. For example, by the 1790s Neoclassical style swags, doves, hearts, and borders were the most commonly used decoration of the day. This box reads "Unity is the bond of society."
Heart shaped enamel box, most likely French, 19th century.
Major restoration to lid, and loss of color to lid, sides and bottom.
Most likely French, nineteenth century. A nineteenth century imitation of what is most likely supposed to be an English enamel snuff box from Birmingham, much like 5218-27. However, upon comparison, it becomes obvious that the nineteenth-century box is lacking in size, detail, and quality.
Restoration to body, cracking to all parts, color loss and minor restoration to lid.
Susan Benjamin. English Enamel Boxes. (1976).