Bilston Enamel Snuff Box

$425.00

Description

A petite enamel snuff box dating from 1800. It features delicately painted flowers in pink and purple with lovely yellow accents on a lightly checked navy background.

This box is perfect for holding a tiny treasure, or perhaps an engagement ring!

Dimensions

W 1.625 in. x D 1.125 in. x H 1 in.

Condition

Excellent

Price

$425

Background

Bilston was the largest center for decorative enamel work in England in the late 18th century. After the famous Battersea enamel factory closed in 1756, unemployed artisans migrated to Bilston to continue their work, thus improving the quality of the enamel objects there. Workshops in Bilston were mostly small and family-run. It is interesting to note that women played a role in the production, as well. The factory’s height of production was 1760-1800, after which changes in fashion and the Napoleonic Wars saw a decrease in the medium’s popularity.


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