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Limoges Enamel Sake Flask

This is a superb and rare lidded bottle made by Meissen in the late 19th century. It is handpainted with the so called Limoges enamel whic is a translucent white type color some people confuse with pate sur pate type designs. In this case it was used on a superb deep cobalt blue background which is as stunning as it gets. On one side there is a very detailed painting of a lady holding an urn over her head. She is nicely dressed but apparently had a wardrobe malfunction since one of her breast is showing :) She has wings so I guess she is an angel. One the other side is a painting of a semi nude lady holding a torch in her right hand and flowers in her left hand. The dress is also very detailed and nice. The bottle has some gold rings around the top and bottom as well as the lid. I do believe this is a sake bottle due to its size and I cannot find anothing like it anywhere so definitely a rare piece. The decoration is as good as it gets with lots of nice detail. The bottle and lid are in perfect condition with a tiny bit of wear to the gilding on the lid. It is marked with the underglaze blue crossed swords mark underneath as well as an impressed number 67. The bottle and lid are 8.75 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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