As part of our 2014 Recent Acquisitions Exhibition, we have a few enamel boxes…..
The view above is a small selection of a delicious array of enamel boxes, mostly English and all 18th century. Some are for ‘patches’, the beauty spots that were in fashion at that time: they have mirrors in the lid, so you can see where you are placing it!
Others were for pastilles, used as breath-fresheners.
Some of the larger were undoubtably for snuff; the example below with a ‘pretty lady’ was surely the possession of some 18th – century court dandy… is this his mistress, perhaps?
An absolute rarity is an enamel writing slope – or model of one: it is too small to actually use as such, so it was probably intended to hold the stationary paper on the desk of some 18th century Lady.
By far the most impressive is an actual writing box, fitted inside with space for pens, paper, and two inkwells. The decoration is sensational, and a detail is used as the cover on our 2014 Catalogue. The panels on the top and each side include various gods & goddesses, including Apollo & his lyre, and the only flying Pegasus I have ever seen on 18th century miniature work!
This is a small taste of the amazing collection, available as part of Moorabool Antique Galleries 2014 ‘Recent Acquisitions’ Exhibition, opening April 12th in Geelong.