Antique French Kiln-Fired Enamel & Silver Hinged Box
Antique French .800 silver and enamel snuff box or patch box. The lid decorated with a scene of a couple in charming pastoral setting by a lake. The sides and base beautifully decorated with country landscapes. A lovely treasure! The style of the scene in this piece are very similar to the works we typical of Austrian Viennese enamals. 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. Marked with the French head of the wild boar, in use from 1838 to indicate a silver content of .800/1000. This mark was typically used on small objects of at least 80% pure silver content, close to .925 sterling. The enamel work on this piece is stunning, and in good condition. Some fine scratches to the base as seen in the images. Measures 2 1/8" diameter x 7/8" height.