Late eighteenth century English enamel bonbonniere in the form of an egg

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Late eighteenth century English enamel bonbonniere in the form of an egg.

This rare and delightful South Staffordshire enamel box was produced in the latter part of the eighteenth century. It is a bonbonniere, or sweet box and would have been given as a love token. Its dark blue ground is decorated with the Honeysuckle pattern interspersed with decorative vignettes showing ships, flowers and landscapes. It is inscibed "Quand il eclora, mon amour finira" a rough translation to the inexact French being that love will begin when the box is opened.

This charming bonbonniere dates from around 1770. It is 4cm long, and 3cm wide. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing wear appropriate to its age, with faint cracking to the interior white enamel. It has no damage and no restoration.