Oh, these are just to love! This is an early 1900s French dore bronze trinket or jewelry casket, coffret, mounted with a convex machined plaque that has semi-opaque emerald green kiln-fired enamel bordering a center plaque, portrait miniature also done in kiln-fired enamel. This is an arduous process. Any art school student will have given it a try, and I can tell you first hand, unless you've got many years of apprenticeship, you end up with a blob. These enamels are powders suspended in fluid and are painted on in layers. Not like painting, really, because all variations of colors just look like a slight variation of muddy mauve to blues, An enamelist works from memory, and it's only when the kiln melts all the enamels and they blend together you see what it is you've created. A most skilled art, indeed. Lovely Grand Tour type souvenir.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Because the enamel has a glassine or even porcelain-like look to it, people sometimes think these are porcelain. Actually, each plaque is a convent copper panel - sometimes silver is used - and once worked, it is set into the box (in this case) with prong-mounts. Fragile, one can chip or crack or shatter the glass-like enamel, and most have some chips or cracks. This one is quite exceptional. Look it over. No damage. At an angle you can see a rough edge tucked under the bronze border, but that's all. Even the raised 'jewel' dots on the girl's hair remain. Measurements in full are noted on our photos. This is a nice larger example.
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