French Gilt Bronze Hand Painted Portrait Box, 19th Century. - image 1 of 9

French Gilt Bronze Hand Painted Portrait Box, 19th Century. This exquisite gilt bronze box was made in France and has a fabulous, signed portrait-under-glass of a captivating lady on the lid. Portrait boxes such as this one were made throughout the 19th century, primarily to be placed on a lady’s dresser and used to hold jewelry, trinkets or powder.

The sole purpose of the purple guilloche translucent enamel band on the lid is to highlight the stunning portrait in the center. The shimmering translucent enamel covers a lovely engine turned design. Stunning is an appropriate word for the finely rendered lady portrayed. Her beautiful fair skin and large brown eyes pair nicely with her lovely small mouth; and her beautifully coiffed hair is set off with a large and elegant plumed hat. The outer band on the lid is decorated with raised, applied garlands, flowers and scrolls capping a remarkable presentation. The side of the lid displays raised scrolls and flower heads, while gilt bronze openwork of ovals and linked circles make up the outer side wall. The elegant openwork contrasts beautifully against its glass interior.

On the inside, the heavy glass liner that you can see through the openwork is removable but sits tightly within the frame so there’s no worry about it falling out. The interior of the lid has a mirror attached so this box would have been perfect for holding jewelry or powder & puff. The bottom of the box is bronze metal.

SIZE: 3 5/8” diameter, 2 5/8” high; small framed portrait is 2” diameter

MARKS: Artist signature on the portrait is undecipherable.

CONDITION: Very Good! Light dust has seeped underneath the glass cover of the portrait; however, there is still very good viewing of the subject. There is wear to the metal on the bottom of the box from use.


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French Gilt Bronze Hand Painted Portrait Box, 19th Century.

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