Posted 6 years ago
This is 3 x 3 inch Italian gilded enamel compact, probably made during the 1940-50s, these types of compacts that I have seen are usually made in Florence. There is a makers mark and a hallmark in the bottom on the front left side, it sometimes takes a while to find these marks, I tried to take a shot but it came out blurry.
The hand painted miniature is of a mother and daughter rendition of the 1781 by Jean Baptiste Hilaire work titled music. The mother is playing a guitar to her daughter. The mother and daughter are seated in a landscape surrounded by flowers, trees and a wicker basket of flowers and a dog in front of the pair.
The compact is docorated with vivid green enamelling resembling Malachite & at each side there is blue lapis coloured enamel.
The rest of the compact is engraved with foliate scrollwork in gold wash.
Inside there is still powder and a powder puff.
Many thanks for looking.