Fine Antique French 3 Oval Table Snuff Box or Bonbon, Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent.
We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers. A museum quality late 1700s to earliest 1800s French bonbon or snuff box with a familiar image, but I can't immediately access it in my head or the internet, either one. Still, that aside, it is a lovely hand crafted kiln-fired enamel plaque miniature of a beauty, holding what we can assume isa pose over the fire of love atop a tomb of mourning - if only we had the full story, huh.Beautifully crafted, a most difficult process, indeed. Full measurements are noted on the photos.
About kiln-fired enamel work: This process, which I've written about many times, is one only accomplished with the skill of years and years of practice. The enamel powders are various shades of muddy mauve, taupe, blues, not the least resembling the color they will become once the kiln melts them into the glassine or porcelain like finished product you see here. So an artist is layering on stroke after stroke, working quite literally blind as far as the colors and spacing of the finished outcome he/she hopes to achieve. It is the memory that guides the hand in this art.And subject to such whims of nature and memory, it's always amazing to me that they come out with anything but a glob. I've tried this art, myself, and believe me, it's very difficult. The nature of the process is part of the reason why these old kiln-fired objects have such a following and bring the prices they continue to bring. The old box is splendid, but it does have an ancient restoration that can be seen with an'x' in our images - a space that's had fill with a very dark brown or brownish-black faux something. Blends well, displays nicely, but it is not perfect. It is at the back at hinge are, impacting the upper lid only It is not a break away at hinge, but is a section that cracked away and has been filled in. Doesn't the much away from the beauty, but does figure into the excellent low price on this otherwise exceptionally fine snuff. I have not tested yet, but we usually find the mounts as sterling silver. I think there are marks that my photographer missed.
I'll add to the listing photos if so.. This one has fine black line in enamel work, as well. Either a late 1700s bonbon box or snuff box, table size.Such a gem, and such a beautiful portrait. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replaceable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings. Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues.
We have a HUGE assortment of the finest antiques to be found online, all at your fingertips with Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. _gsrx_vers_631 GS 6.9.8b6 (631). The item "Fine Antique French 3 Oval Table Snuff Box, Bonbon, Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait" is in sale since Sunday, April 22, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts".The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.