Damage to hinge. Lid does not close entirely. Loss to underside enamel.
Dish Diameter: 5.5”
**See: Schiffer, Chinese Export Porcelain, illustration #404 for similar example.
Provenance: Eveleth/Summerford Estate, Washington, D.C.
These memento boxes were popular at the end of the eighteenth century and frequently given as tokens of friendship and love. Usually oval in shape, but also circular and rectangular, the decoration reflected the popular styles of the day. For example, by the 1790s Neoclassical style swags, doves, hearts, and borders were the most commonly used decoration of the day. This one reads "The Absent Not Forgotten."
3.5" x 4.5" x 3.5” tall
(The potter had probably never seen an elephant since he gave it a long horse-like tail)
4" x 2.5" tall (minor chips consistent with age)
Saucer 4.75" diam.
Provenance: From the Cockrell Collection of Tea Equipage amd Export Porcelain.
Height of vase: 12”
Fine cracks to enamel, and small losses on both sides and back.
Susan Benjamin. English Enamel Boxes. (1976.)
Allover cracking. Small losses to the lid, one side and the bottom...
Diameter (Top): 4.25”