Antique Austro-French Silver & Hand Painted Enamel Compact Case Courting Couple (2592)
A beautiful quality ladies compact in silver with a hand painted enamel scene. It is very weighty for the size and of heavy gauge silver. The exterior is engine turned and it dates around 1905.
It opens in a slightly unfamiliar way, the front catch pulls down and is allows the spring loaded lid to pop up revealing the gilded interior. Inside the lid is a mirror with decorative border. There is a powder dispensing section with revolving cover. There is a lipstick holder which has a spring to lift it up for easy access when the lid is opened. On the left is an open circular area to fit a small powder puff.
The enamel image to the top is a rendition of Boucher's 1760 masterpiece 'Pastorale' with some artistic licence.
The front panel left side of the case and the lipstick holder are both double stamped with the French 'weevil' import mark for .800 to 1000 grade silver. There is a 935 silver mark to the front edge of the lid hidden by the latch plate along with another unidentified mark, possibly for the maker. Given the style and enamel it is most likely the compact was made in Austria for the French market..
A beautiful and fine quality piece.
Very good for period. All hinges and catches working fine and the springs still taught. Slight wear to exterior and interior. Mirror with some foxing.
Length: 8.5 cm ( 3 3/8 inch )
Width: 4.0 cm ( 1 5/8 inch)
Weight: 128 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2952 MY22-2
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