Antique Vienna Silver Gilt & Enamel Patch Box c.1860
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Dating from around 1860, this is an absolutely exquisite antique silver gilt and enamel patch box, with silver marks for Vienna and bearing the maker's mark “SG” for SIMON GRUNEWALD.
The top lid of the patch box is finely decorated with a hand painted enamel scene of a relaxing lady and boy posing in a classical garden scene. The scene is surrounded by a rich border textured blue foliate enamel and silver scroll frame, the sides and base with similar guilloche enamel decoration. This is a rare opportunity to own such a magnificent piece. It is in excellent condition as can be seen from the gallery of photographs we have provided.
More About Patch Boxes
A fashion item that became all the rage for high fashion and high income ladies from the 1600s to the early 1800s was the face patch. They can be seen in portraits and caricatures, those tiny black (sometimes red) “beauty spots” that a lady and sometimes gentleman would add to their faces. They have also made comebacks in the 20th century, particularly the 1920’s and late 1940’s.
They had many uses from the more prosaic of covering up of blemishes and poc marks (so prevalent in the age of smallpox) to different placements signalling things such as political allegiance. They were also artfully used to as a contrast to highlight a brilliant complexion.
Since these patches were popular with the wealthy upper classes, beautifully decorated little boxes were manufactured to hold these tiny treasures. Often enamelled, these boxes were often given as love and friendship gifts with their design including sentimental messages.
Viewing This Antique Silver Gilt Enamel Patch Box in Person
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 1.5 x Width 3 x Depth 3 & Weight 1.05 troy oz
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 inch x Width 1 inch x Depth 1 inch & Weight 0.03 kg
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 07482