Antique French Champlevé Onyx Jewellery Box


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    Belle Epoque (1871-1914) 

    From our Decorative collection, we are thrilled to offer this Antique French Champleve Onyx Jewellery Box. The Champleve Onyx Box of rectangular form raised upon four bun feet and finished in with heavy quality materials. Each side of the box features coloured natural onyx framed within ormolu mounts with four ormolu roundels flanked by champleve corner column pillars. The top of the Jewellery Box features a central Sevres style porcelain plaque painted with a romantic classical scene and is signed to the bottom right corner ‘Carle’.  The porcelain plaque is framed by further champleve decoration with inlaid scrollwork and flowers. The exterior of the Jewellery Box is finished with a large shaped Champleve clasp to secure the box shut. When opened the Jewellery Box reveals a purple velvet lining for safely storing Jewellery. The Antique French Champlevé Onyx Jewellery Box dates to the late 19th century Belle Epoque period (1871-1914) circa 1885.

    Champleve decorative metal and enamelwork formed by hollowing out the metal surface and filling the hollows with multiple coloured enamels to form extensive patterns. Champlevé work is commonly misinterpreted as cloisonne metalwork due to the visual presentation however they are different due to the techniques used. Cloisonne is made with thin strips of worked wired soldered onto the surface then filled with enamel rather than hollowed out.

    Onyx is a variety of gemstone that comes from Chalcedony (a silicate mineral mostly made of calcite similar to marble and granite). It typically features layers of colour giving it a strikingly dramatic look and depth making it a leading choice in jewellery and high end objects.

    Belle Epoque is a period of French, Belgian and European history. It began in the early 1870’s and to ended with the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

    Antique a collectable object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its age and quality. Objects of this nature are generally considered antique at 100 plus years of age.

    Condition Very Good, some very minor faults to the champlevé.

    Measurements 11cm High x 21cm Wide x 16.8cm Deep (4.33 x 8.27 x 6.61 Inches)

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