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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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