Enameled & Gilt Silver
Snuffbox with Hunting SCENES Miniatures
India, 19th Century
Height: 1 1/16 inches Width: 2 3/8 inches Depth: 2 inches
Weight: 3 ounces
This amazingly beautiful precious 19th century bauble from India is an octagonal silver casket, completely covered with hand-painted ornamental and miniature multicolored enamels and features a gilded interior. Fitting one’s hand very comfortably, it was intended, in all probability, to serve as a snuffbox.
The top hinged cover of the snuffbox is decorated with symmetric floral ornament and medallions. The lateral surface along the entire perimeter is filled with very thinly executed four miniatures with scenes of hunting and animals, alternating with four floral ornamental miniatures. The most interesting are, of course, miniatures with hunting, scenes which alternately depict a lion torturing a bleeding bull, a horse, a tiger bent over a deer and a hunted down buffalo.
As the silver hallmarks were not found, therefore, judging by the fineness of the jeweler, painter and engraver workmanship, one can assume with a high degree of certainty that this box was made on special order – probably, as a gift to a wealthy man.
Since the state of the snuffbox is almost perfect and two engraved vignettes (one on the inside of the lid for the owner's initials, and the other on the bottom of the box for the inscription) are unfilled, one can assume with even greater confidence that this gift was never given.
A Fine Japanese Hand-Painted, Enameled and Gilded Porcelain
Satsuma FLOWER Vase
~ 1000 Faces of Immortals, Samurai and Dragon ~
Height: 8 3/4 inches Width: 7 1/2 inches Depth: 6 1/2 inches
The bottom of the vase has the distinct Satsuma porcelain Meiji period markings with the circle around the cross at the top.
Excellent antique condition, with minor age-appropriate wear. No cracks, chips, repair or restorations.
The originality of this sophisticated hand-painted and enameled & gilded vessel is in its absolutely unique form, certainly Japanese in its esthetics and proportions; but, which already carries in itself the unmistakable elements of the Art Nouveau era that just has began in Europe.The exterior of the vase is decorated with the classic Japanese plot of 1000 Faces of Immortals, Samurai and Dragon in the best tradition of Japanese Art, a blend of beauty and ferocity. The abundant use of gold color in the design sets a beautiful stage for the multi-color portrait depictions. The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai), also known as the Meiji era, is a Japanese era which extended from September 8, 1868 through July 30, 1912.