Learn about Enamelled Boxes

Enamelling is the art of decorating articles with a layer of glass melted with enamel oxides, and fused onto a host surface such as gold, silver, copper, or ceramics. In the early nineteenth century the art of enamelling snuff boxes, pill boxes and other small items fell into disuse in England and was not revived until the late 1880s when Alexander Fisher, who was largely self taught, began producing enamelled boxes for Liberty. The art of enamelling was also revived in France in the late 19th century, while in Switzerland enamelling had never died out and continued to flourish with the production of fine enamelled jewel-boxes in Neoclassical designs, which continued to appear until well into the present century. These included fantasies modelled in the form of butterflies, birds and fishes. Enamelled boxes with geometric patterns in the cloisonne technique were produced in Vienna at the turn of the century.

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Antique silver & enamel pill box with coastal scene with sailing ships, 4 cm diameter approx.

A small unmarked silver guilloche enamel and marquisite pill box, W. 4 cm

French enamelled bombe jewellery box with painted faux turquiose beading & guilloche inlay, having gilded ormolu framing & a buttoned silk lined interior. Condition fair, some panels slightly loose, wear to the interior. Length 9 cm

Sterling silver & guilloche enamel pill box, with gilt interior marked 925, 4.5 cm diameter

A Gerald Benney cased sterling silver and enamel circular form box, with textured finish in original case

Gilded silver & enamelled patch box with boating scene, circa 1790

Impressive French porcelain coffre (trinket box) c. 1773-1787 the shaped box with hinged cover depicting figures in garden landscape and signed 'A. Vegeon', decorated in painted enamel with gilt highlights on cobalt ground, with ormolu mounts, marked 'Chat

An enamelled silver gilt casket of upright form and quatrelobed section, the sides decorated with enamelled iris and bamboo in relief on a finely meshed ground between bands of agate cabuchons, the domed cover similarly decoarated with lotus sprays around

Sterling silver and blue enamel jewellery box, Birmingham 1928-29, approx 4 cm high, 10 cm diameter

An Austrian Art Nouveau guilloche and enamel painted pill box, the cover painted with portrait of a lady with long flowing hair and jewelled in enamel, the sides with stylised flowers. 5 cm diameter

An Austrian Viennese enamel and bronze mounted ebony jewellery box, late 19th early 20th century embellished with painted enamel plaques of court dignitaries' in various pose, the domed cover with acorn finials, the rounded corners supported by bronze colu

A Murano glass casket, rectangular with canted corners, enamelled flower and leaf heightened in gilt; on gilt-metal feet. 16 x 23 x 13.5 cm

A Russian gilt silver enamel and cloisonne box, circa 1910. Of casket form with domed lid and clasp on bracket feet, embellished with cartouche of flowers, the cover with woman in traditional dress, 84 Kokoshnik mark, 165 grams, 7.5 cm width.

A French enamel and silver gilt pill box, early 20th century. Well decorated with a continuous landscape and to the lid the figure of a daintily attired 18th century maiden admiring a bird in the hand released from a birdcage, in muted blue, pink and soft

Early circular enamel patch box. Floral decoration on white ground. Possibly 19th century. Diameter 3.50 cm

Early French Navette style enamel patch box. Two half lids open to decorated interior. All floral decorated on green ground. Possibly 18th century. Length 11.50 cm

Large enamel silver metal casket, measures 36.5 cm x 25 cm x 35 cm

Austrian enamel gold and diamond mounted silver pill box in the manner of Faberge, probably made made for a Russian client by Georg Adam Scheid, c.1880 finely enamelled in a combination of deep blue and white pearl over a fruiting vine and laurel leaf patt

A small collection of continental and Mexican silver comprising an enamel mounted purse mirror with fob chain and tassle, an oval pill box, a peanut shaped pill box, a heart shaped pill box, a thimble and a mother of pearl mounted seal stamp

Two Georgian Battersea enamel patch boxes. Hand painted floral; & castle & lake decorations. One with dedication dated 1774. Also, box of patches. As inspected. Height 2.5 cm. Width 5 cm (each)

A collection of four boxes, including an enamel box, a wooden box and three tortoiseshell boxes

A German circular enamelled gold bonbonniere, marked Fj., Hanau, late 18th century, the circular box with detachable lid, engine turned with concentric reeding and pellets, the lid and base centred with an applied swirling green enamel rosette, borders of

Louis XVI gold and translucent blue enamel bonbonniere, marks of Rene-Jean Lemoyne, Paris 1780-81, with the charge and discharge of Henry Clavel, the circular box with top, sides and base in transucent blue enamel to guiloche ground, within borders studded

Louis XVI enamelled gold boite-a-rouge, makers mark probably Jean - Auguste Lorentz, Fl. Paris 1781 - 93, charge and discharge of Jean-Francois Kalendrin, the circular box with all sides decorated with repeating peacock feather design and translucent blue

Antique enamel patch box together with a Tunbridge ware stamp box and a bone box

Australiana silver plated napkin rings (2); emu skin and silver box; sterling silver and enamel compact and lidded jar; Chinese silver and porcelain box; cigarette lighter; silver plated shoe and box (9 items)

A Bilston and Battersea pill box, after 1970, the yellow circular box with a slightly raised lid, enamel painted with two finches in a spruce tree, with a yellow rose to the interior of the lid, hinged and with bronze engine turned mounts; with backstamp u

Antique Georgian Bilston enamel patch box decorated in sprays of flowers and pink backing.

Four assorted metal pill boxes a Mexican silver square box, 2 enamelled and 1 other

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