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18th-Century Chelsea Porcelain Bodkin or Toothpick Case or Etui (1 of 21)
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18th-Century Chelsea Porcelain Bodkin or Toothpick Case or Etui

REF: 549RL6367 / LA495829
£1,795
€2,097
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Description
An 18th-century Chelsea porcelain bodkin or toothpick case or etui, c.1760, the top section a head and shoulders depiction of a lady with a turban-style headdress, the lobed, cylindrical base with painted roses ties with a bow on which is inscribed “Point des roses sans epines” (No roses without thorns), all on a gold ground. With gilded metal mounts. Literature: For similar, see G E Bryant, The Chelsea Porcelain Toys, Plate 53. Also, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) South Kensington, London, accession number 414:266/&A-1885.
measurements
Height:
12 cm
declaration
Lefays has clarified that the 18th-Century Chelsea Porcelain Bodkin or Toothpick Case or Etui (LA495829) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1760
condition
Very good. The top appears completely undamaged under both ultraviolet and white light. Viewed under high magnification, we couldn’t decide whether there had been any loss to the applied flowers at her bodice. The base has some age-related wear and there are some fine scratches running along its length visible under magnification. It is not possible to determine whether these relate to underlying firing flaws in the porcelain.
location
This 18th-Century Chelsea Porcelain Bodkin or Toothpick Case or Etui is located in United Kingdom