Monday, April 28, 2014

Gifts of Grandeur: The Rabbit Bonbonière, c. 1759

Candy Box
Chelsea Porcelain Factory
c. 1759
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Made in London, this bonbonnière of porcelain has been modeled after a mama rabbit with her babies. The attached cover of copper is painted with enamels and a gilt metal mount. Inside the cover, sprays of flowers have also been painted. 

The rabbits are moulded in full relief. These, too, are painted with enamels. Such an exquisite box was meant to hold candies and sugared fruit. It was made between 1759 and 1769 by the Chelsea Porcelain Factory.

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