c1800 Bilston Lattice Edge Enamel Fluted Oval Dish


A lovely early 19th century Bilston lattice edge bulbous fluted oval shaped enamelled and painted Dish in nice condition.

This dish is typically French in design and has a feminine feel to it. It shows the inner bowl decorated with a bucolic scene, with a shepherdess and man in conversation. The background has been painted as well. It is bordered by a frieze of gold flowers on a cobalt blue background. The lattice wall is also painted in blue, which also applies to the outer bowl. These dishes were often used as gaming trays or bowls for card games, such as Quadrille, but tend to have cards or suit symbols in the decoration. The dish is in good condition except on the lattice edge, which has had some restoration where the enamel had fallen off the copper. There is a maker’s mark in gold on the underside.

The first enamel miniatures were made in France in the 17th century where goldsmiths and enamellers produced miniature works of art on tiny boxes. European traders introduced these miniature enamels to China in the 17th century, where the Emperor Kangxi set up craftsmen to make similar miniature enamels. Miniature enamels were introduced to Britain later, in the 1740s. Enamel trinket boxes, known as bibelots, became highly fashionable and collectable luxuries in the high society of mid-18th century Georgian England, with many French enamellers settling in South Staffordshire and Bilston in particular. They soon became a famous and well-respected enamelling centre, serving the King and the gentry alike, and enriching the aesthetic nature of Georgian society. The economic downturn in Britain’s fortunes wipe out the production by the 1840s.

Size: 8.5 x 10 x 2.75 cm (3 3/8 x 4 x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 50g