Dienstag, 17. Januar 2012

HALF DOLLS ON FRENCH ORMOLU POWDER BOXES

THE POWDER BOX IS A COMBINATION OF A FRENCH-MADE PORCELAIN BOX (MADE AND MARKED BY LIMOGES), WHICH IS ADORNED WITH FRENCH ORMOLU FILIGREE AND A BEAUTIFUL GERMAN DRESSEL & KISTER HALF DOLL. HEIGHT IS 22 CM (8.6")

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The Ormolu embellishment, an alloy of copper and tin, is serving as a dress for the half doll lady and as an adornment for the lid of the box, which lifts off.

Ormolu lamps and scent containers were likewise decorated in France with a half doll of German or French origin as a topper. Ormolu embellishment was a speciality of the French. Not all of these half dolls assembled to Ormolu powder boxes or lamps are originating from Dressel & Kister, but from several other manufacturers (Aelteste Volkstedt, Gebr. Heubach, A.W.Fr.Kister etc. as well as from unknown French manufacturers).

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THIS ORMOLU POWDER BOX IS MARKED WITH THE BRANDMARK OF THE FRENCH MANUFACTURER SEVRES. THE HALF DOLL WAS MADE BY AN UNKNOWN FRENCH MANUFACTURER. ON THE FIRST GLANCE SHE APPEARS TO BE A GERMAN DRESSEL & KISTER HALF DOLL, BUT IS NOT. PATINA DARKENED THE ORMOLU AND ADDS CHARM TO THIS ORIGINAL ENSEMBLE. HEIGHT IS 20 CM (7.9")



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