Museum quailty Swiss bronze gilt box decorated with an elegant, rather risque lady dressed in the height of fashion with roses in her hair. The enamel work is very fine, using stippling and wash to create this highly detailed portrait, whose colours remain clear and bright.
The base is decorated with the goddess Hera ready to cut the grain with her sycle, and Chronos, father time, reminding us that life is short. The design echoes that of a fine pocket watch case of that era.
The box is decorated with hand engraved swirling foliage and still snaps shut tight after so many years. There is no signature or makers mark, however we have been informed that this is most likely to be Swiss.
Originally it would have been used as a Bonbonniere, keepsake box or as a vinaigrette.
Circa 1770, very good condition overall. There is minor damage to the edge of the enamel and some wear and patches of gilt loss to the base.