An exceptionally fine 19th century French enameled candle holder with handle, large candle version of a 'go to bed' with its glass bobeche still intact, too. Beautiful blue base with raised enamel jeweling throughout, either from enamel artists of Sevres or Bress, France. Both regions did similar raised dot jeweling in 19th century. This process, which I've written about many times, is one only accomplished with the skill of years and years of practice. The enamel powders are various shades of muddy mauve, taupe, blues, not the least resembling the color they will become once the kiln melts them into the glassine or porcelain like finished product you see here. So an artist is layering on stroke after stroke, working quite literally blind as far as the colors and spacing of the finished outcome he/she hopes to achieve. It is the memory that guides the hand in this art. And subject to such whims of nature and memory, it's always amazing to me that they come out with anything but a glob. I've tried this art, myself, and believe me, it's very difficult. I mostly get globs. The nature of the process is part of the reason why these old kiln-fired objects have such a following and bring the prices they continue to bring.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, there are no chips or cracks or hairlines in that kiln-fired enamel plaque that forms the saucer for the candlestick holder, no other damage to note. It might be missing a raised dot - most are, but I don't see it. Lovely shade of blue that is known as Sevres blue or Celeste blue - kind of that robin's egg blue. A really lovely bedside accent, rare to find. We have a nice selection of fine little jewel boxes made to match or in jewel-toned colors that you might like along with this one. Look for those sold separately, or ask us. Also fine old opera glasses. Why not start your own collection now!
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