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RARE Antique French Porte-Bouquet, Tussie-Mussie, c. 1780-1820, Kiln Fired Enamel

RARE Antique French Porte-Bouquet, Tussie-Mussie, c. 1780-1820, Kiln Fired Enamel

RARE Antique French Porte-Bouquet, Tussie-Mussie, c. 1780-1820, Kiln Fired Enamel    RARE Antique French Porte-Bouquet, Tussie-Mussie, c. 1780-1820, Kiln Fired Enamel

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Antique Early 1800s French kiln-fired enamel handled tussle-mussie (known by the English) or porte-bouquet, as the French refer to these. Meant to hold a small nosegay or bouquet, anchored in place by the pin on chain, then carried about with the elegant kiln-fired enamel and pressed brass handle. We know this enamel to be by the artisans of Bresse, France, or of Sevres, France - both of which artisans produced items like this in late 1700s to earliest 1800s.

The book we found ours in, quite by chance, is a book specifically about enamels of Bresse. A single piece that is a work of art. Not only in the fine kiln-fired enamel handle (see note below about the process) but also in that lovely pressed gilt brass holder. All sides are splendid works of art.

The item is 5.75 long. Other measurements noted on the photos.

Very good to excellent condition, for age and type. The very same item that was pictured in the book we show it with; a French reference book about the enamels of Bresse, France often made for distribution via TAHAN, Paris, as in the case of some of our boxes that carry that top-drawer name on the lock plate or on stickers affixed to the bottom. The handle has no chips, but you can see very fine hairlines in our greatly enlarged images for your review.

Not enough to diminish either enjoyment nor value. Put it with your desktop collection of French enameled boxes - we can help you build one if you haven't yet begun. NOTE: This process, which I've written about many times, is one only accomplished with the skill of years and years of practice.

The enamel powders are various shades of muddy mauve, taupe, blues, not the least resembling the color they will become once the kiln melts them into the glassine or porcelain like finished product you see here. So an artist is layering on stroke after stroke, working quite literally blind as far as the colors and spacing of the finished outcome he/she hopes to achieve. It is the memory that guides the hand in this art.

And subject to such whims of nature and memory, it's always amazing to me that they come out with anything but a glob. I've tried this art, myself, and believe me, it's very difficult.

The nature of the process is part of the reason why these old kiln-fired objects have such a following and bring the prices they continue to bring. Image Hosting by Ruby Lane.

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The item "RARE Antique French Porte-Bouquet, Tussie-Mussie, c. 1780-1820, Kiln Fired Enamel" is in sale since Sunday, November 20, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts". The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
RARE Antique French Porte-Bouquet, Tussie-Mussie, c. 1780-1820, Kiln Fired Enamel    RARE Antique French Porte-Bouquet, Tussie-Mussie, c. 1780-1820, Kiln Fired Enamel