Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Georgian Menagerie: Enamel Hawk/Falcon**

Enamel hawk of falcon bonbonnière, c. 1765. Sold at Bonham's.

A (probably) Bilston made bonbonnière in the shape of a bird of prey from about 1760-70, with intricately painted plumage, especially around the beak. The lid is painted with a mother-hen protecting her chicks from a falcon or hawk flying overhead [below]. The mount is of gilt metal.

Lid of above box.

Another box with redder and less detailed plumage depicts two birds of prey in an elegant garden on the lid [below]. The differences found in the style and quality of the painting may suggest that the copper bases were made in one workshop and then sold to others who would enamel and paint them.

Enamel hawk/falcon bonbonnière, c. 1780.
From the Antique Enamel Company.

(Both boxes are 6.1 cm long) 

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