Viennese Enamel Jewelry Casket

  • This elegant Viennese enameled jewelry casket displays exceptional hand painting
  • Both the interior and exterior are covered in enamelwork panels depicting mythological scenes
  • Silvered bronze mounts and figures and a small enameled clock face further adorn the box
  • In the 19th century, Vienna one of the most important European centers for fine enameling
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This Viennese jewelry casket is covered in exquisite decoration, both inside and out, including 37 richly colored enamel plaques and silvered bronze mounts. Each enamel panel is hand-painted with a unique and highly detailed mythological scene, and the four corners of the box are guarded by silvered bronze figures representing Roman soldiers. A band of putti joins the guards at the casket's summit, and it is inset with a small, colorfully enameled clock face.

During the 19th century, Viennese enamels enjoyed a great deal of popularity, and Vienna was widely known as the enameling center of Europe. This was due in part to the formation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which in 1866 gave Vienna access to Bohemian and Transylvanian silver and gold. Add to that the availability of a willing workforce, and Vienna was producing a lion’s share of enamel works during the 19th century.

Circa 1860

14 1/2" wide x 8 7/8" deep x 15" high
Viennese Enamel Jewelry Casket
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Austria
Type: Decorative Boxes
Depth: 8.88 Inches
Width: 14.5 Inches
Height: 15.0 Inches

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