Large English enamel writing box, classical scenes, c. 1765

$2,600.00 AUD

Rare large English enamel writing casket, the interior with gilt copper divisions for inkwells etc., the outside with a white-on-white raised diaper pattern and rococo framed panels brightly painted with classical landscapes including figures and ruins, consisting of:

Lid – a classical lady being crowned by a man in armour; he is Mars, and the cherubs to the right hold his attribute, the sword. The other cherub holds a flaming torch, suggesting the goddess is Venus – the scene therefore being War crowning Love.

Front – Urania, the muse of astronomy, peers though a telescope while leaning on a table globe.

Right side – cherub carving a bust.

Left side – cherub playing a flute Back – Apollo playing his lyre, as Pegasus flies by to the right.

Circa 1765.


some repairs to right segment of lid, otherwise good with numerous small firing imperfections.


top 19x11cm


In stock

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