Antique French 800 Silver Gilt Vermeil Viennese Enamel Snuff Box Wedding Scene
Antique French .800 silver and enamel round snuff box. Portraying the celebration of a wedding, with musicians leading the way for the bride and groom. The base is also beautifully enameled, featuring a pastoral scene of a lakeside chateau. A lovely treasure! The style of the scenes in this piece are very similar to the works we typically see on Austrian Viennese enamals, in particular finely detailed figures and pops of color against a pale sky background. The art of kiln-fired enamel is a painstaking process. Such exquisite detail and color, as evident in this lovely box, requiring a very skilled hand and knowledge acquired through years of practice. The enamel is first applied in brushstrokes of powders in muted tones, which is then kiln-fired and harden to a finish similar to glass or glazed porcelain. Mounted with .800 silver mounts with gilt vermeil finish. The hinged box opening to a stunning gilt vermeil interior. Hallmarked to the interior of the lid and to the rim on the base. Marked with the French head of the wild boar, in use from 1838 to indicate a silver content of .800/1000. The mark was typically used on small objects of at least 80% pure silver content, close to .925 sterling. Maker's mark on the clasp, looks like initials G.V. for silversmith Gustave Veyrat, active 1894-1911, whose workshop was located at 7 rue du Perche, Paris. In good to excellent condition. The box looks as though it was never used. The enamel work on this piece is stunning, and in very good condition with no damage, chips/cracks, hairlines or repairs to the enamel. The silver lined interior with a gilt vermeil finish is in good condition showing no wear or scratches. Measures about 3 1/8" diameter at the base x 1 1/2" tall.