Heart-Shaped Box with Dutch Scenes
Hillwood Mansion, French Drawing Room
Tiron, François-Guillaume (box); Teniers, David, II (after) (scenes)
H. 1 13/16 in., W. 1 1/16 in., D. 1 3/16 in.
This heart shaped box—one of two at Hillwood—displays tavern scenes in painted enamel in four sections. The rest of the surface is covered with chased gold rococo scrolls interspersed with flowers in colorful enamels. The tavern scenes acknowledge the Dutch and Flemish popular subjects that were all the rage with collectors in the mid-eighteenth century and inspired decoration in a variety of media. The heart form, of great rarity among eighteenth-century boxes, suggests that it may have been intended as a token of love or as part of a wedding present (corbeille de marriage).
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
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