Large early nineteenth century ivory box with miniature to the lid. c. 1820.

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Large early nineteenth century ivory box with hand painted miniature to the lid.

This delightful and rare ivory box was produced in France, probably in or near Dieppe in the early part of the nineteenth century. It original use is likely to hane been as a powder box. The lid houses a superbly painted portrait miniature after Aleksander Kucharski, a known portraitist at the time of Marie Antoinette. It is signed "Delaporte" and shows a portrait of Louis XVII which is set under domed glass in a gilt metal mount. The box has survived in excellent condition, having only slight age cracking to the ivory, prominant in only one area of the box.

This superb quality, charming box is 6.25cm in diameter and stands 3.5cm high. (Measurements approximate). The ivory has good colour and patination. This item has no damage and no restoration.