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Lot 10: Limoge Enamel Tazza – Buy Now – £4,400.00

Limoge Enamel Tazza
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Price: £4,400.00
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Description:
A magnificent Limoge enamel covered Tazza painted with scenes of Mermaids and Neptune, the interior with further scenes of Puti and centaurs, c1850
Dimensions:
Height: 28cm
Width: 18cm
Length:
Circa: 1870
Condition: good

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Lot 15: Russian Gold and Enamel Snuff Box Pierre Theremin – Buy Now – £16,500.00

Russian Gold and Enamel Snuff Box Pierre Theremin
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Price: £16,500.00
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Description:
Rectangular with cut corners. The lid painted on plein after William Beechey portrait of Sir Francis Ford children giving a coin to a beggar 1793) within leaf scroll paillon in and taille epergne borders the sides and base of opaque sky blue enamel
Dimensions:
Height:
Width: 8.5cm
Length:
Circa: 1880
Condition: Fine

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Lot 24: Battersea Enamel “Port” Bottle Ticket – Buy Now – £1,650.00

Battersea Enamel
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Price: £1,650.00
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Description:
Engraved ravenet after a design by James Guin, printed and red and lightly over painted in colours, with two putti struggling with a youthful satyr on top of a large barrel, fruit vines around them. The barrel titled ‘Port’
Dimensions:
Height:
Width: 7.8cm
Length:
Circa: 1753-1756
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 25: Rare Honeysuckle Patch Box – Buy Now – £660.00

Rare Honeysuckle Patch Box
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Price: £660.00
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Description:
A rare honeysuckle patch box. The top and sides painted with sprays of flowers the lid set with a steel mirror
Dimensions:
Height: 2cm
Width: 4cm
Length:
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 26: Rare Honeysuckle Patch Box – Buy Now – £550.00

Rare Honeysuckle Patch Box
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Price: £550.00
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Description:
A rare honeysuckle patch box The top with a vignette of a harbour and sides painted with boating scenes the lid set with a steel mirror .
Dimensions:
Height: 2cm
Width: 4cm
Length:
Circa: 1760
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
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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 30: Exceptional Bilston Goldfinch Bonbonniere – Buy Now – £3,300.00

Exceptional Bilston Goldfinch Bonbonniere
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Price: £3,300.00
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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
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Price: £1,320.00
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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:

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

Blackamoor Head Bonbonniere
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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:

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Lot 38: Pumpkin Bonbonniere – Buy Now – £330.00

Pumpkin Bonbonniere
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Price: £330.00
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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:

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Perfume bottles

Perfume bottles

During the late Eighteenth Century and throughout the Nineteenth Century perfume or scent bottles became an established and fashionable accessory or even necessity of the well-dressed person of the day. Filled with sweet smelling salts or perfumes, these attractive bottles made in semi-precious stones, glass, porcelain and gold, were used as an aid to detract the nose from the odorous city streets and the ‘great unwashed’ of the times!

Some of the earlier artistic containers included Rococo designs usually including flowers, leaves, shells and scrolls and were synonymous with Marie Antionette. They were usually made of milk glass and painted with enamels.

As popularity surged in the Nineteenth Century, perfume bottles became more varied. They could be made from cut glass, silver overlay on glass, porcelain or crystal and opaline. Larger bottles were placed on dressing tables containing Eau de Toillette or Eau de Cologne, and smaller ‘throwaways’ (though hardly something anyone would actually want to throw away) that would be carried as a luxury accessory for use throughout the day.

Frequent decorative themes included love, music, dance, comedy, flowers, birds and animals.

The most beautiful scent bottles were decorated in enamel with intricate coloured designs in and around the oval shapes. The decoration also often included the application of tiny beads or half beads. The bottles generally were decorated in full on the tops and bottoms as they lay flat, with a simpler decoration on the two sides.

Rarer examples were spiral twist bottles which would have been even more expensive to produce, and the decoration was of equally high quality.

The Storp family of Germany owns one of the world’s most extensive and important perfume bottle collection, entailing more than 3,000 pieces spanning six thousand years of history.

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.

Étuis & sewing boxes

Étuis & sewing boxes

An étui is a small case that contains miniature implements used to perform household tasks. Designed primarily for women, they can be quite ornamental. Often étui have a tapered or oval shape rendered in chased gold or silver gilt with painted enamel and rose cut diamond sprays. An étui would contain necessary items that could include scissors, a thimble, a bodkin and needles, a pencil and/or a small knife. Men also sometimes carried slightly larger versions of étuis that would hold a watch, keys or a seal. Women often suspended their étui from châtelaine, usually on the opposite side from the watch to provide balance.

Many étui functioned as bodkin cases for sewing. Bodkins were commonly lacing or threading needles with a very large eye and blunt end, used for lacing corsets, threading ribbon through lace beading, cord through casings or any other time when one might need to ‘carry’ a yarn without the chance of poking holes or sewing through something. Other bodkins in the era had even wider ends shaped like scoops that could be used to clean ears of earwax which could apparently then be used to wax sewing thread!

Russian enamel

Russian enamel

A number of regions such as the northern Stroganovsky and Usolsky established their own enamel traditions in the Seventeenth Century. Meanwhile it was the cloisonné and filigree enamel techniques that set Moscow and later St Petersburg apart. Enamel portraits of Peter the Great and his family were painted on miniatures and given as awards.

Although the name ‘cloisonné’ is French, most antique pieces found in this style were created in Russia and today often referred to as ‘Russian Enamel’ as many of aspect of the ornamentation reflect the architecture and stylistic characteristics of Russian art and design, for example, the vibrant colours of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square.

The most famous maker of nineteenth century cloisonné enamel pieces was Karl Faberge, whose infamous Faberge eggs are some of the best quality and most widely recognisable pieces of cloisonné enamel in the world. His infamy, alongside the value and craftsmanship in his pieces, ensured that Russia adopted cloisonné enamel decoration as its own, and secured a style that has continued be revered as the zenith of Russian artistry all over the world.

Another enamel technique mastered by Russian craftsmen in the Eighteenth Century was Nielo enamelling. Nielo was usually used to decorate cigarette cases with scenes of buildings or the ubiquitous troika (three horse drawn carriage).