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Too Beautiful For Words 11
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Continuing with our theme of having unusual boxes in this segment, this
time the distinguishing characteristic is color, i.e. Night Sky a shade
of blue that is not often seen in Limoges porcelain.The color palette
in porcelain is limited to a degree by the application of intense heat
necessary to the firing of the piece as each color is added to it. Certain
colors do not tolerate the heat or are more difficult to fire because
the hue does not remain true in the intense heat. Whatever the reason
Night Sky is not a color that is frequently found in porcelain.
the following item is Sold Out.
VV. The Wild Rose Compact
Box. A stunningly beautiful very deep blue, Night Sky, with matte
gold as the contrast and a cluster of wild roses in the cartouche. The
Rococo frame is in bas relief as is the trim on the base of the box. The
clasp is the head of a woman in a large brimmed hat, unique, and inside,
a mirror! (So we now have a second compact box. I think my own collection
must have both of these wonderful boxes.) Retail: About $225.00. Our price:
$202.90. NEW And stunningly beautiful! * See Notes below.
following item is by Special Order Only .
WW. Renoir's "Girl
With a Watering Pail" Easel Box. Complete with its own
dimensional artist's paint box and a dimensional palette and brush.
A remarkable copy
of Renoir's famous painting, the original hangs in The National Gallery
of Art in Washington DC and was given to us by Chester Dale who
celebrity figure in entertainment during the first part of the twentieth
century. Renoir painted this in 1876 and it was exhibited at Durand-Ruel
Gallery in Paris at Renoir's first one-man exhibition. At the time this
was painted, Renoir was a struggling artist whose work had not
accepted by the public. It is thought that he did this portrait of the
child to enable him to get some portrait commissions. For whatever
it was painted it is one of his masterpieces and we are the beneficiaries
of his genius. Retail: About $295.00. Our price: $266.90.
the following item is Sold Out.
XX. The Umbrella Stand Box. A
Limoges Umbrella Stand, that's the height of luxury! This one is done
in very deep blue with a colorful floral scattered
over it and the tiny box is in the base of the stand. The top of the
stand is open, of course, and contains two dimensional and removable
parasols lavishly trimmed in ribbons, lace and feathers, one pink and
one pale blue. The box is very small, 3/4" in diameter and 1 5/8" tall.
This box is a One and Only. It will not be available again.
It is from a number of years ago and was found for me in Rochard's warehouse.
I looked for months until I found this piece. Our price: $166.90. NEW
for The Perfect Gift
YY. The Tiny
Titmouse Box. This little bird sits atop a small round box with
a ground of Midnight Sky decorated with a tiny branch of dogwood
on which the Titmouse
sits. The coloring of the box is delightful and the bird itself is charming.
Inside an outline of a dogwood blossom and the clasp is a bee. A
combination of colors is what makes this piece so endearing. Our price:
the following item is by Special Order Only.
ZZ. The Bedside Candle Box. A
sweet reminder of the days before electricity and gas light were part
of the world. Candles were the thing then and
this looks like a candle holder from the Revolutionary War period. The
pattern and the Delft Blue and white coloring, even the style of the
holder is reminiscent of that period. The box is quite tiny measuring
1 1/4" in diameter and it is 2" tall. Inside, a detail of the
painting and the clasp a morning glory. Retail: $113.00. Our price: $102.90.
NEW A lovely small piece to give a friend who collects, as a gift, and
as Limoges boxes go, inexpensive.
A1A. The White
Buddha Box. If you are familiar with the Rochard book on Limoges
Snuff to Sentiment" then you will recognize that this box adorns
the cover of the book. It was inspired by an antique box made by St.
(san cloo) in the early days of porcelain making. The shape of the box
is meant to fit easily into the hand because it was used as a snuff box.
As well, in those days, the figural boxes were not quite as elaborately
sculpted as they are today partially because they had to be easily carried
since they were used constantly and partially because the manufacture
of the boxes was not as refined as it is today. Fewer things were possible
than technology makes possible today. As well, the delicately sculpted
pieces that we have today could not easily have withstood all of the
that the early boxes suffered. They were passed from one hand to another
when the owner was offering snuff to his guests and opened and snapped
closed constantly. Inside, a detail of the floral and the clasp a stylized
flower. Retail: About $145.00. Our price: $130.90.
NOTE 1: You can find
the other compact box at Once Is Not Enough
5, Item M.
NOTE 2: A while back a young man called looking for a ring box
that had a mirror inside. We had no such thing but I did suggest our
compact box and he told me this story. When he was quite young his father
had given his mother a beautiful ring as a gift. He had placed it in
porcelain box which had a mirror inside. The note with it said, "Inside
you see what pleases me." And then the young man said, "It always
made her smile to think of my Father buying it with the thought that her
face was his joy. The box meant more to her than the ring." To my
mind that sentiment is so well expressed and so touching that it bears
repeating. What a wonderful way to say I love you.
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