Posts

Lot 27: A fine bilston Honeysuckle Egg – Buy Now – £880.00

A fine bilston Honeysuckle Egg
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £880.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
A rare bilston Honeysuckle egg bonbonniere with finely chiselled gilt metal mounts the base with two vignettes depicting landscapes the top with a similar encased with elaborate scrolls
Dimensions:
Height:
Width:
Length: 4.5cm
Circa: 1770
Condition: fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 28: An Important Bilston Pillement Snuff Box – SOLD – £3,300.00

An Important Bilston Pillement Snuff Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £3,300.00

SOLD

Description:
The lid and sides painted with designs from the prolific French artist Jean Pillement (1790-1808) rectangular in shape a large proportion imaginative and based very much on the orient. There are 39 engraved plates in the Ladies Amusement, inspired by the Chinese
Dimensions:
Height: 4cm
Width: 7.5cm
Length: 6cm
Circa:
Condition: good

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 29: Bilston Enamel Hunting Knife – Buy Now – £3,300.00

Bilston Enamel Hunting Knife
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £3,300.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
An Extremely Rare hunting Knife sheath The handle of Knife in Pale Jade This sheaf In Blue with a portrait Anne Frank’s Day (Lady Fenoulhet) On the reverse Ducks hunting trophies !!The other cartouches Framed in gold rococo scrollwork all with summer flowers
Dimensions:
Height:
Width:
Length: 22cm
Circa: 1765
Condition: Fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 30: Exceptional Bilston Goldfinch Bonbonniere – Buy Now – £3,300.00

Exceptional Bilston Goldfinch Bonbonniere
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £3,300.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
Painted realistically this large version of the bird pruning one of his wings painted in blacks and yellows the head with reds and oranges around the eyes. The base with two birds nesting on the river. Provenance Private collection London
Dimensions:
Height: 7cm
Width: 7cm
Length: 6.5cm
Circa: 1780
Condition: Fine

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 35: Extremely Rare Bilston Enamel Monkey Bonbonniere – Buy Now – £1,320.00

Extremely Rare Bilston Enamel Monkey Bonbonniere
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £1,320.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
An extremely rare Monkey Head Bonbonniere painted in dark and light browns. The Monkey with his lips open baring his teeth. The base finely painted with a large amusing monkey picking fruit from a nearby tree
Dimensions:
Height: 5.2cm
Width: 4.2cm
Length:
Circa: 1760
Condition:

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 36: Blackamoor Head Bonbonniere – Buy Now – £3,300.00

Blackamoor Head Bonbonniere
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £3,300.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
Rare Bilston Blackamoor head bonbonniere. Exceptionally large model painted with large pearl earrings and a multi-colour turban. The top of the turban continuing as the lid with matching plume
Dimensions:
Height: 7.5cm
Width: 5.5cm
Length: 5.5cm
Circa: 1770
Condition:

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 38: Pumpkin Bonbonniere – Buy Now – £330.00

Pumpkin Bonbonniere
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £330.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
A rare Bilston Bonbonniere in the form of a stylised pumpkin. The squat fruit painted in shades of yellows and reds with the base with stalks sticking out and at the top is the remnants of the flower. In good condition. Circa 1780. Provenance : Mario Buatto collection. Mario Buatto (Mr Chintz) was one of New York’s most important interior designer
Dimensions:
Height:
Width:
Length:
Circa: 1760
Condition:

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 42: Rare Bilston Repousse Snuff Box – SOLD – £1,100.00

Rare Bilston Repousse Snuff Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £1,100.00
SOLD

Description:
An Extremely Rare Bilston Repoussé snuff box. The grey ground with sprays of roses and flowers leading up to a framed painting with cat peeking over the Nautical scene. The reverse a stormy seascape
Dimensions:
Height: 3.5cm
Width: 6cm
Length: 5cm
Circa: 1760
Condition:

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 47: Bilston Enamel Patch Box – Buy Now – £880.00

Bilston Enamel Patch Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £880.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
Oval Bilston enamel patch box circa 1760, with a white base and a lid baring the legend ‘Liberty & Loyalty’
Dimensions:
Height:
Width: 4.5cm
Length:
Circa: 1760
Condition:

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Lot 49: Bilston Before and After Topsy Turvy Patch Box – Buy Now – £880.00

Bilston Before and After Topsy Turvy Patch Box
Drag to rotate, click to magnify, or click the button to view in fullscreen

Price: £880.00
BUY IT NOW

Description:
Circular Bilston enamel patch box circa 1770, with a pale blue base and a lid baring the legend ‘One month before Marriage, One month after Marriage’
Dimensions:
Height: 2.5cm
Width: 4.8cm
Length: 5cm
Circa: 1770
Condition:

*Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Authenticated Internet Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.

Pages

English enamel

English enamel

The esteemed tradition of enamelling in England was established as early as the Nineth Century when the famous King Alfred Jewel, crafted from crystal with a hand painted enamelled plaque set underneath was made. The art of enamelling faded in England after the Middle Ages but was revived with astonishing beauty and popularity in the Eighteenth Century, after the French began to use painted enamels to decorate small items. This fashion was quickly adopted and developed in England, where the stunning colours and sophisticated designs caught the eyes of the luxury-loving aristocratic upper classes whose appetite for small, elegant and luxurious personal items ‘objets de vertu’ accelerated.

Most of the earliest English eighteenth century enamels were created in England’s first enamel factory, York House, established in Battersea in 1753. Although the factory was only operational for three years, the prolific amount and quality of enamel production was and remains a remarkable feat. These ‘Battersea Enamels’ became a synonym for English Georgian enamels. Today Battersea or York House Enamels are some of the most rare and desirable enamels on the market.

After the closure of York House in 1756, many of its enamellers and decorators travelled to various Staffordshire & Midlands metalworks including Bilston, Wolverhampton and Birmingham and continued to develop techniques, skill and artistry throughout the Eighteenth Century as demand for a myriad of personal items soared and prospered.

These cottage-industry workshops continued to develop enamel methods to decorate more and more objects for the luxury elite, from patch & snuff boxescandlesticksdesk sealsetuismusical bird boxes and perfume bottles. Due to these intricate, pretty decorative enamels, often depicting scenes of animals or flowers, these expensive enamels were as popular with children as they were with adults. Consequently, many of them are incredibly difficult to source as they have suffered the playful and careless little hands of children.

English enamels continued to thrive as objects of aspiration throughout the Eighteenth Century until the 1830s with the production ceasing in the 1840s. Despite a small revival of the industry in the 1970s, none of the more contemporary items were able to capture the essence of the earlier eighteenth century models.

Due to the rarity and precious nature of the antique eighteenth century English enamels, they remain exclusive objects of beauty. The Antique Enamel Company has developed an expert reputation and an extensive collection of these highly sought-after enamels and remains a byword in the sourcing of beautiful and exclusive enamels.

Browse the catalogue for one of the world’s largest selection of antique Eighteenth Century English enamels.