Sévres Style Porcelain Box

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A 19th century Sévres style porcelain box.

The lid is mounted in an ormolu frame and hinged to the base which has a similar ormolu rim.

The lid is hand painted with a scene of three Chinese men sitting around a table and is signed ‘Arisl’ in the bottom right hand corner.

The base has similar Chinese scenes on all four sides and the box is highlighted with gilt scroll decorations.

The underside of the box has the Sévres style signature in blue of two interlocking “L” with the letter “P” in the middle.

Sévres porcelain is French porcelain made at the royal factory (now the national porcelain factory) of Sévres, near Versailles (from 1756 onwards). On the decline of Meissen after 1756 from its supreme position as the porcelain of choice, Sévres became the leading porcelain factory in Europe.

The fake Sévres mark of two intertwined L's is a symbol that began in 1751 and from 1753 onwards a letter in the centre was added. The letter P is from the year 1768.

The box has most likely been made by one of the Porcelain companies is Paris who copied the18th century Sévres style and made in the late 19th century. Companies who copied the Sévres style include; Rue de la Paix founded in 1820 by Feuillet or Rue du Fbg, Joint-Martin founded by Balthassar Augustin Le Hujeur in 1870.

This box is excellent quality, well crafted and in very good condition with a clean interior. It is also a very good copy and even had us fooled initially! (Circa 1870)

Height 4cm (1.6 inches)
Width 11cm (4.3 inches)