Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain egg shaped trinket box hand painted Diana & Cupid - on rococo scroll tripod legged & floral decorated base circa 1870
An antique Victorian period mid to late 19th century, ornate hand painted egg shaped porcelain trinket box on rococo scroll tripod legged and floral decorated base.
This very decorative porcelain egg has been hand painted in polychrome over glaze enamels with a continuous scene of Diana and Cupid in the clouds on the lid and winged cherubs or cherubim holding floral swags around the body of the egg. The scene on the lid may possibly be based upon the painting of Diana and Endymion by Jean Honoré Fragonard circa 1755.
The ornate rococo "C " scroll legs sit on an integral circular relief moulded socle decorated with purple and turquoise enamel and gilding. Between the legs is a small central plinth decorated with enamelled applied flowers and leaves.
The lid has a decorative engraved brass hinge to fasten it to the base. The base is marked underneath with an underglaze blue fish and T mark used by the factory of Carl Thieme of Pottschappel, Frietal, near Dresden, Saxony in Germany circa 1864-1888.
In 1864 Carl-Johann Gottlob Thieme started a porcelain and antique shop in Dresden. He was also running a porcelain painting business. In September 1872 he established a porcelain factory named Sächsische Porzellan-Fabrik Carl Thieme zu Potschappel. The factory produced exclusively hand painted fancy and luxury porcelain. (ref 1 )
The base is in excellent antique condition without chips cracks nor restoration however, the lid has been broken and restored in the past and the internal finish is discoloured in comparison to the rest of the base and some loss to the replacement glaze finish. There is some minor wear to the gilding, commensurate with age and use. Please see the images.
A highly decorative an collectable item of antique European continental porcelain. Ideal for collectors of antique Carl Thieme, Dresden continantal porcelain or lovers of Greek and Roman mythology.
The egg is 6 inches (15 cm) high and is 3 inches (76 cm) diameter, it weighs 325 grammes unpacked.
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1. Directory of European Porcelain - Ludwig Danckert - page 375 mark 9.