Small Limoges Box Hand Painted Dish with Cut Apple Charlmart Exclusif Destieux
Description: A dainty hand painted Limoges box in the form of a small round dish decorated with cherries and having a sliced apple on top. The dish with the apple represents the lid of the box. The body of the box is the foot of the dish. The apples itself is yellow, orange with brown spots and green leaves attached to a brown stem. The apple is cut and there are two slices laying next o it on the dish. the piece is hand painted a and is marked as such. The box has a brass frame (separating the lid and the foot of the dish) with a hinge on one end attached to the porcelain parts of the box. The entire piece is made of hand colored porcelain with brass hinged closure. The inside of the box is decorated with a pink flower, presumably an apple blossom, drawn on the bottom of the interior. The bottom of the box is marked as to the maker. The painted details are just very nice, see the detail of the apple, the green leaves, the seeds, and the cherries decoration on the plate. A great box to add to your collection. Please see photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Unknown, most likely mid to late 20th century.
Origin: Limoges, France.
Size: Measures ~2 1/4" in diameter for the dish, the bottom is ~1 3/8" in diameter and it is ~1 1.2" at its highest, to the top of the apple, when closed. The box weighs almost 1.8 ounces.
Maker: Charlmart Exclusif Destieux
Marks: Written on the bottom in brown on white background "Limoges France Peint main Charlmart Exclusif Destieux" in beautiful cursive calligraphy in six lines. See last photo for details.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a nice box, which deserves a spot in your Limoges box collection.
Condition: Box is in excellent condition with no cracks, breaks, hairlines, crazing or repairs. The hinge is intact and the box closes well. The box has a small flake to the glaze on the edge of one of the slices of the apple, which is difficult to see but can be felt when you run your finger on it. Because of the flake we are selling the piece as is at a fraction of its true value. Be that as it may, it is still a wonderful and unusual piece to add to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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