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ITALIAN SCENIC / FIGURAL STERLING VERMEIL COMPACTS

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Set rosette Rare Matching 3-Pc. Set: Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact Featuring "The Sleeping Shepherdess" Painting by Francois Boucher plus Matching Comb and Jeweled Lipstick New Listing!

Here we have a wonderful 3-pc. matched set ... a compact, comb and jeweled lipstick. This stunning set has a scene from a famous painting by Francois Boucher circa 1750 called "The Sleeping Shepherdess". The subject lady is in a state of dishabille with her breasts exposed (most clearly on the comb case).  All pieces are accented with turquoise and lapis faux jeweled borders and the lipstick has a lapis jewelled pull.  The compact has a beveled mirror inside with original powder screen and a new maribou puff.  The lipstick case also has a mirror inside which is revealed when the lipstick is extracted.  The comb has a faux tortie comb inside which, alas, has begun to deteriorate with age and came apart when I tried to open it for pictures.  I pushed the pieces back inside but it is not usable as a comb.  The case is great though. Cases are all richly embossed with flourishes and scrolls. All pieces are in excellent condition with only the most minimal scuffs or scratches visible only when closedly examined with a loupe. At a glance to the naked eye they appear to be mint.  Really a stunning set!   Compact measures 3-1/8" x 2-3/8"; comb is 4-3/8" x 1-1/4"; and lipstick is 2-3/8" long.

First time offered! Been in my collection since 2000.

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$850 Set including s/h*

#8960

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Hand-Painted Diana, Goddess of the Hunt (Original done by Jean-Marc Nattier in 1745) in Original Presentation Box

Here is a truly exquisite Italian sterling vermeil compact, and one of the finest it has been my pleasure to own.  It features a replica of a painting done in 1745 by Jean-Marc Nattier of Marie-Adelaide (1732-1800), the third daughter of Louis XV.  The original painting hangs in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.  This finely done replica is still in its velvet-lined presentation box with the name "Nicola Calabresi, Roma" inside the lid. I can only assume this is the jewelry store that sold the compact.  The compact itself has beautiful faux lapis and malachite around the border and the gold vermeil is in excellent condition both inside and out.  Inside is a beveled mirror in the lid (some silver loss) and original screen in the base.  It is marked 800 and bears the Fl insignia for Florence, Italy.  Enameling on the top is in perfect conditon with no flaws or apologies of any kind that i can see.  On the back of the compact, in the scrolls, is a dark line which was there when I bought it and I have not tried to remove it.  As it is on the base, it is not a bother to me (see photos). This is a rare beauty and quite large measuring 3" square.   Compact appears to have never been used.

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$950 including s/h*

#18205

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Hand-Painted Portrait of Countess Barbe Rimsky-Korsakova by Franz Xavier Winterhalter (1864)

This gorgeous Italian sterling vermeil compact features a portrait on the front which is HUGE covering almost the entire surface of Countess Barbe de Rimsky-Korsakova.  The original painting was done by Franz Xavier Winterhalter as an oil on canvas in 1864 and this replication is exquisitely done with a great eye to detail. The portrait is framed in faux turquoise enameling.  The inside has a beveled mirror in the lid in excellent condition, original powder screen in base, and a lovely aqua new maribou puff.  Overall this compact is in near mint condition and has a wonderful depth of color.  It is a beautiful example of portrait compacts from Italy.  It is marked 800 and a lozenge mark which I cannot make out.  Measures 3-5/8" wide x 3-1/2" high.

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$1,200 including s/h*

#18183

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Compact with Jeweled Clasp (Firenze)

This stunning compact was made in Firenze (Florene) Italy and has a beautifully hand-chased case all in sterling silver.  The fold-over clasp boasts a perfect turquoise cabochon jewel. When the clasp is lifted, the compact opens to reveal a beveled mirror in the lower portion (which is actually the front of the compact) and a powder well on the top half.  There is an original powder screen and pretty pink feather puff, neither of which appear to be used at all.  The case is hallmarked 800 and stamped for Florence (Firenze) but I am not sure of the manufacturer or studio.  I believe it dates from the 40's but I could be wrong.  If anyone can identify the maker or exact date from the hallmark, please feel free to contact me.  The compact is in mint condition and is absolutely gorgeous.  Measures 2-1/5" wide x 2-5/8" high.

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$450 including s/h*

#17708

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Hand-Painted Semi-Nude Goddess Artemis by Ristori Renato di Egisto of Florence

Here is a really beautiful compact that features a highly detailed scene on the lid of the Goddess Artemis in partial dishabille holding a quiver and bow. She appears to be running from the snarling wolf who is peeking into the scene from the lower left side.  Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, the wilderness, childbirth, and virginity.  The scene takes up most of the lid and is surrounded by faux malachite green enamel.  The case has a nicely beveled shape to it with "cut" corners making it 8 sided.  The sides of the case have a leaf  design all around and the bottom features flowers and scrolls.  Inside is all done in gold vermeil with a mirror in the lid which is bevled but the gold retainer covers a lot of it. There is a tiny surface flake in the bottom edge of the mirror which is also mostly covered up.  Hallmarks inside are 117 in a cartouche and FI for Firenze (Florence). 117 is the mark for Ristori Renato di Egisto.  There is also a flower mark that I am not sure what it symbolizes.  Included is a new maribou puff.  Condition is really excellent ... at a glance it would appear mint. It is only when you turn it to the light that you can discern one scratch in the clear top coat and several tiny superficial little nicks here and there.  None are noticeable looking at it directly and the gloss is excellent!  I do like my compacts to be mint or near mint and I will forgive these minor imperfections because the compact is so striking otherwise. Measures 3-1/4" square ... it is a large compact!

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$850 including s/h*

#1819

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette RARE Italian Sterling Filigree Compact with Hand-Painted "Madamoiselle De Camargo Dancing" Scene and Turquoise Jewels

This is a very rare compact made in Italy and is all done in sterling silver. The top of the case is all filigree openwork with 16 turquoise gemstones inset all around the center vignette. The scene is handpainted (probably on ivory) and mounted under beveled glass.  The scene is a rendition of a painting done in 1730 by Nicolas Lancret (title above) featuring a young woman with her arms outstretched in an obvious happy dance with musicians visible in the background. There appears to be an artists signature or initial in the lower right corner but I cannot identify it.  The interior has a large beveled mirror in the lid and original powder screen in the base. Included is a new maribou feather puff.  Back of the case has beautiful flowers and scrolls carved in the silver. It is in perfect condition with exception of some minor foxing on the mirror inside. Case is signed MC and 800. Measures 3-1/8" square ... it is a large compact!

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$650 including s/h*

#1002

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Italian Compact rosetteFigural Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Hand-Painted Horse-Drawn Chariot

I have had this compact in my collection for many years.  It depicts a hand-painted scene of a chariot with a caped warrior driven by a team of three horses.  The beautifully shaped case is finished in faux turquoise enamel around the edges and the back is scrolled in a beautiful design. Interior bears the 800 hallmark, original powder screen and used puff.  It is in excellent condition with no damage whatsoever to the enameling.  Measures 3-1/4" wide x 2-1/2" high.

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$1,050 inc. s/h*

#16317

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Italian Compact rosetteItalian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Hand-Painted "The Love Letter" by Francois Boucher - MINT in BOX

Without a doubt, this compact is in the finest condition of any I have ever owned and is a prize of my collection.  The painting is a variant of Francois Boucher's "The Love Letter" which was commissioned in 1750 by King Louie XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour.  The scene is one of two young women holding a white dove and an envelope ... obviously just delivered by the bird.  The young woman seated appears to have dropped her basket of flowers and her sad expression tells a story of tragic news.  Her friend seems to be trying to console her.  In the background can be seen castle walls through the trees and a lake and mountains to the right.  Inside is a beautifully shaped mirror with a large beveled edge.  The powder screen is trimmed in rarely seen blue and there is a matching swansdown puff.  NONE of this has ever been used and is in mint condition.  It is inside a box with the words "Gifts That Last" on the outside. It is marked 800 for Sterling on the inside and a lozenge with what looks to be a letter "F" inside it.  All is done in gold vermeil and is in excellent condition. It is a large compact measuring almost 4" wide x 3-1/4" high.

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$1,395 inc. s/h*

#1001

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Italian Compact rosetteItalian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Hand-Painted Little Women in Garden Scene

This lovely Italian sterling vermeil compact depicts three women in a garden setting with a book and reminds me of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women".   In fact, there are several paintings with very similar scenes done of Little Women with a book in a garden so this could very well be taken from one of those.  The colors are very vibrant and the border is done in champlevé green enamel.  Inside there is a full mirror in the lid and a powder screen in the base.  It is marked with a lozenge and 800 stamp on the bottom of the inside.  Condition overall is very good with some surface scratches visible only when held to light at an angle.  Since the colors are so deep, they are truly very hard to discern unless you are looking for them.  Measures 3-1/4" wide x 2-3/4" high.

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$650 inc. s/h*

#18128

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Italian Compact rosetteItalian Compact with Hand-Painted Portrait and Ruby "Jewels"

Elegance abounds in this breathtaking Italian compact featuring a rich golden case with ruby enamel background and faux ruby (enameled) jewels surrounding a hand-painted portrait of a lovely woman with a fancy bonnet.  The process to create this rich red enamel actually uses real gold in the process and this compact looks like it is made from real gold although it is not.  It just looks so rich!  The back and sides are richly embossed with scrolls and leaves and are quite pretty.  Inside is a round beveled mirror in the lid, the original powder screen in the base, and an original used swansdown puff.  The painting is beneath beveled glass and behind the mirror, so I cannot say for certain, but these were more often than not painted on thin ivory sheets and this certainly appears to be of that quality.  If there is an artist signature, it is beneath the edge where I cannot see it.  Even so, it is definitely hand-painted and is just gorgeous.  Excellent condition throughout!  Comes with black felt sleeve for storing.  Measures 2-3/4" diameter.

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$435 inc. s/h*

#18184

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Italian Sterling Compact rosetteHistorically Significant Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Featuring Greek Mythological Painting of Nereid Riding a Hippocamp from Ancient Turkish Mosaic

This stunning Italian sterling vermeil compact features a rare painting of a partially nude Greek Nereid (sea nymph) with flowing red locks riding on a hippocamp.  The scene is replicated from a mosaic tile floor found in the ancient Terrace House #2 in Ephesus, Turkey, which dates from the late 1st or 2nd century AD. What a wonderful find!  The scene is set in champlevé enamel in white and surrounded by a border in deep cobalt blue.  This really sets off the center painting.  The sides of the compact are incised with designs all the way around and this is duplicated around the bottom edges as well.  The interior is done in bright gold vermeil on top and bottom.  There is no mirror nor is there any indication of one ever being inside.  A new swansdown puff is included.  The enameling is in great condition with no losses or chips.  There are a handful of tiny scratches in the clearcoat only on the painting portion but nothing through the color but can be felt with your fingernail.  They do not show up to the naked eye, though, unless turned to light.  It is stamped 800 for sterling on the front rim. The compact measures approximately 3" x 2". 

To read more about the Terrace Houses and view photos, click here.

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$1,375 inc. s/h*

#18187

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Italian Sterling Compact and Lipstick rosetteItalian Sterling Vermeil Compact & Matching Lipstick Set Featuring Rochester Castle* in England

This gorgeous Italian sterling vermeil compact and lipstick features an artist's rendition of the famous Rochester Castle in Kent, England, where Charles Dickens had wanted to be buried.  The compact scene is surrounded by faux turquoise enameling and a person can be seen in the foreground of the castle at the lower edge.  The lipstick shows the adjacent countryside with the fence running along the roadway and a bridge over a river.  Inside the compact is a beveled mirror in the lid and a powder screen and swansdown puff in the base.  It does not appear to have ever been used. The lipstick has a lapis jewel button pull and when open the top flips up to expose the mirror.  Both pieces are signed 800 with 220 in a lozenge and a swan.  As for condition, the enameling on the compact is absolutely mint with no scuffs or markings of any kind.  The lipstick has a tiny flake in the upper left corner, mostly in the sky area.  Other than that both pieces are superb. The compact measures approximately 3-1/2" x 2-1/2".  The lipstick measures 2-1/2" x 3/4".

*Disclaimer:  This may or may not be Rochester Castle but a close enough likeness for me to give it that name.  Perhaps the artist took artistic license and tweaked it just enough so as to not get in trouble.  In any case, it is a castle and beautiful regardless of whether it is actually Rochester or not.

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$999 Set inc. s/h*

#11845

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Italian Sterling Compact rosetteItalian Sterling Vermeil Compact "Cupid Bound by the Graces"

This is a beautiful compact done of a famous painting by Angelica Kauffmann called "Cupid Bound by the Graces" and it has always been one of my favorites. The scene is hand-painted and has a border of faux turquoise enamel all the way around it to set it off. The interior has a shaped beveled mirror in the lid which is very clear with only some faint gray tint in certain areas visible when turned.  The original powder screen is still inside and appears to be unused.  Gold vermeil interior is all bright and shiny.  There are four scratches in the clearcoat on the top ... they don't go through the painted portion but can be seen when held to light at an angle and if you run your fingernail across, they can be slightly felt.  Other than these, there are no other surface scuffs at all.  Hallmarks on rim around mirror read 800 and Italy and a lozenge mark that I cannot make out. Measures 3-1/8" x 2-3/4".

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$599 inc. s/h*

#14302

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette RARE Italian Sterling Figural Compact Featuring Painting by Gerolamo Induno Entitled "Uno Partita a Scacchi" Circa 1881 with Faux Malachite Border

Indoor scenes are rarely found and highly prized on Italian sterling compacts.  This particular one features a famous painting done circa 1881 by Gerolamo Induno titled "Uno Partita a Scacchi" or "A Game of Chess".  It depicts a richly dressed couple engaged in a game of chess in an elegant room.  The lady has a purse around her waist.  The scene is surrounded by faux malachite enamel trim.  The case is empty inside and could be used for paper money, calling cards, patches, or what have you.  The entire case is richly embossed and the inside is gold vermeil which has some wear.  It is marked 800 on the rim.  As for condition, there are several tiny scratches on the surface that are visible when held to light.  None of them are visible when looking at it straight on.  There is a chip in the green border enameI in the upper left corner (close-up can be viewed in photos).  Due to the rarity of the painting, I was more than happy to own this even with the flaws which don't bother me since they really are not easily noticed and I don't believe would be seen unless you look for them.  Measures 3" x 2" overall.

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$1,199 inc. s/h*

#01807

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Italian Combination Compact/Lipstick rosette Italian Combo Compact/Lipstick with Hand-Painted on Ivory Rendition of Boucher's "Bird Cage" from 1763, Jeweled Handle

This beautiful Italian combination compact/lipstick features a rendition of Francois Boucher's famous "Bird Cage" painting done on ivory under glass in the center of the compact half of this combination piece.  It is a gold case (brass most likely) which is richly enbossed.  The top of the compact is shaped and has champleve white enamel around an inner circle of blue enamel which surrounds the painting.  The inside of the compact has a full mirror in the lid, original powder screen in the base, and a pink swansdown puff.  The lipstick is built into the handle and has a jewel which I believe is turquoise although I am not a gemologist and not an expert on identifying this.  Please see all photos to see the beauty of this piece.  Even though it is not sterling, combination Italian compacts such as this are rare indeed, particularly with paintings done on ivory.  Measures 2-1/4" x 5-1/2" x 3/4".

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$825 inc. s/h*

#17770

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Italian Figural Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Featuring Boucher's Four Seasons - Autumn Painting from 1755

This beautiful Italian sterling vermeil compact features a famous painting done by Francois Boucher in 1755 entitled "The Four Seasons - Autumn".  The painting is very well done with a lot of detail and the border around it is done in faux turquoise enameling.   The case is richly embossed on all sides and the interior is done in gold wash.  The interior features a beveled mirror in the lid and a swansdown pink puff.  There is an 800 stamp on the mirror retainer.  The enameling is in excellent condition with only one or two very superficial scuffs visible only when held to light.  It is really in very nice shape!   Measures 3-1/4" x 2-3/4".

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$599 inc. s/h*

#13658

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Italian Figural Compact rosette Hand-painted Scene from Fragonard's Progress of Love Series

This is a beautiful case done in brass with blue enameling around a center painting of a scene from Fragonard's Progress of Love series.  The painting is nicely done and is very detailed.  The case is all embossed with swirls on the bottom and stamped flowers around the sides.  Inside is a beveled mirror in the lid and an original powder screen in the bottom.  While the compact presents very nicely, it does have some scratches in the painting which are visible when held to light but not in photos.  There is also a chip in the lower right corner in the blue portion.  These are taken into consideration when pricing which is below what I paid for it.  Measures 3-1/8" x 2" overall.

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$250 inc. s/h*

#14049

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Ava Gardner Collection rosette Spectacular Ava Gardner Collection Featuring Italian Sterling Silver Compact with Certificate of Authenticity, Photos, Book & Provenance

Many years ago I purchased this wonderful collection of Ava Gardner which centered around a sterling silver compact that she received on December 24, 1948, just prior to marrying Frank Sinatra so it is possible this could have been a gift from him. The collection includes the compact, the Certificate of Authenticity in which this compact is listed as part of a set.  The person I bought the item from was only able to get the compact, the other pieces sold separately to other collectors at that time.  These articles were originally sold by renowned arts dealer Roslyn Herman to Michael Pitt.  The letters and documents with this piece show the line of succession of the article.  All of the pieces with the exception of the book were purchased by Michael Pitt in 1992. The person whom I bought it from purchased it all directly from Michael Pitt.  Michael had also bought several items from Jean Crossingham, Ava Gardner's niece, and there are copies of these included transactions included with the collection.*

The compact measures just under 2-1/4" square and comes with the original sleeve and box (price on the lid of $250 was what the compact was sold for back in 1992).

*Note:  These items will be included which help establish provenance but due to the personal information on them, they are not photographed due to privacy issues.  Please contact me if you need more specifics.

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$950 Set inc. s/h*

#14128

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact "The Birdcage" (Les Amours Du Bocage) by Nicolas Lancret circa 1735

This lovely compact depicts a famous painting done by Nicolas Lancret circa 1735 entitled "The Birdcage" and features a romantic couple with a birdcage and a shepherdess with her flock and a dog reclining at their feet.  The painting is quite detailed and has vibrant colors.  The border is a rich emerald green faux malachite enamel.  The case is ornately embossed on all sides.  The interior is done in gold vermeil and there is a mirror in the lid.  The mirror is not beveled so I suspect it is a replacement done by a previous owner as these are usually beveled.  It is stampted 800 on the retainer on the mirror ... no other hallmarks are visible that I can find.  The enameling is in excellent condition with only a few superficial scuffs visible only when held to light or with a loupe ...it is really superb.  Measures 3-5/8" x 2-5/8".

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$499 inc. s/h*

#14158

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact of People Dancing by Coppini

Here we have a very sweet figural sterling vermeil compact with a scene featuring a lovely gowned lady with several courtiers surrounding her. Rich faux turquoise enameling around the edges matches the color of her gown ... it is more turquoise and deeper than the picture shows. Interior features a round beveled mirror in the lid and open powder well in base with some wear.   It is signed Coppini Co. and marked "800" and number "278".  Enameling is all excellent with minor superficial scuffs visible only when held to light. There are a few tiny dents in the bottom but they are only visible from the inside.   Measures 2-5/8" diameter.

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$325 inc. s/h*

#11085

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact "Cupid Bound by the Graces"

This is a beautiful compact done of a famous painting by Angelica Kauffmann called "Cupid Bound by the Graces" and it has always been one of my favorites. The scene is hand-painted and has a thin border of aqua enamel all the way around it to set it off. The interior has a shaped beveled mirror in the lid with only some minor silver loss on the edge in a few spots and an open bottom, all done in gold vermeil. There are several scuffs on the surface of the compact but only visible when held to light ... this is age-appropriate wear and does not affect the appearance in any way. Hallmarks on rim around mirror. Measures almost 3-1/2" long x 2-3/4" wide.

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$625 inc. s/h*

#13993

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Rare Figural "The Well"

Of all the hundreds of Italian compacts I have owned, I have never had this scene before. I don't know it's origin or the original painting, but I am calling it "The Well" until I learn otherwise. The scene depicts a young woman gathering roses and a gentleman beside her drawing water up from a well. The scene appears to be part transfer and part hand-painted ... see close-up photo. The interior features a beveled mirror in the lid and the base is open ... it is all done in gold vermeil inside. Enameling on this one is about as close to perfect as you will find ... only very very minor superficial scuffs barely visible even when held to light. Marked "Made in Italy" and "800". Measures 2-3/4" diameter.

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$375 inc. s/h*

#14818

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with 2-Tone Border

This is a lovely pastoral romantic scene but even though it is similar to dozens of others, it is one I have not run across before exactly like it.  Instead of sheep, there is a goat looking on.  The gentleman appears to be placing a flower in his lady fair's hair. The border is exquisite being done in cobalt and faux malachite.The interior features a shaped beveled mirror in the lid and the bottom is empty. It does have a double stamp ... lozenge with illegible stamp and 800.  Condition is superb with no scratches or scuffs that I can see.  The only thing not perfect is some paper inside the powder section inside that I have not tried to remove although I am sure it would come out easily enough. Measures almost 3" square.

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$495 inc. s/h*

#14511

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact - Rendition of 1748 Painting "Shepherd Piping to a Shepherdess" by Francois Boucher

Here is a wonderful compact featuring a gentleman playing his flute for his lady's pleasure ... taken from the 1748 painting by Francois Boucher titled "Shepherd Piping to a Shepherdess."    The border around the scene is a deep blue faux lapis. THe interior features a beveled mirror and a swansdown puff.  The mirror has some age clouding but still usable. Marks in base are 800 and a bullet with indistinguishable marks inside.  Very good condition with some surface scratches visible when held to light. Measures 3" wide x 2-3/4" high.

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$450 inc. s/h*

#11714

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Gold Case - Hand-painted Scene of Pastoral Romantic Couple

This is a beautiful case done in bright gold (probably solid brass) with faux malachite enamel around a hand-painted scene of a romantic couple with sheep.  Lady's hat can be seen in the lower left corner.  The interior is without a mirror and there is no sign of ever having one nor does it show any traces of powder.  My guess is that this was made to hold calling cards.  It is in mint condition and the enameling has no scuffs or scratches at all ... it is gorgeous!  Measures 3-1/2" x 3" overall.

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$325 inc. s/h*

#15161

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Figural Scene of Couple with Baby Birds

Here is a very charming little Italian sterling silver compact with an unusual scene on the lid of a couple holding a nest of baby birds. The lady appears to be holding out a stick with some food on the end to tempt them to eat. Very sweet! The center scene is surrounded by a border of white enameling in cloisonne' style and this is then bordered with cobalt the same way. It is quite elegant looking. The interior does show wear .. the beveled mirror in the lid has significant silver loss but at least it's still there. The original powder screen and used swansdown puff are also still inside. Overall in decent condition ... there are scratches on the surface that can be seen when held to light. Overall size is 2-7/8" wide x 2" high. Previously listed for $499.

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$325 inc. s/h*

#13939

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Rare Scene of Farmer Carrying Wheat

Here we have a rather rare scene to be found in an Italian sterling compact. This one features a young farmer carrying a sheaf of wheat over his shoulder toward a wagon that is barely visible along the lefthand edge. He is on a country road and a lake and mountains can be seen in the distance. This tranquil scene is surrounded by faux malachite. The enameling is in MINT condition. However, the interior has a cracked beveled mirror in the lid which should be replaced or removed. The original used powder screen is still in the base. Interior aside, the exterior is exquisite and is a standout addition to any collection of Italian compacts! Measures 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" overall.   Previously listed for $750.

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$395 inc. s/h*

#13487

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact - Pastoral Scene with Romantic Couple, Sheep & Dog

This stunning Italian sterling vermeil compact has a lovely romantic pastoral scene of a young woman and her admirer relaxing in a wooded glen. A sheep and a dog can be seen on either side of them. This tranquil scene is bordered in faux lapis enameling. What makes this one unusual is that the scene covers almost the entire surface and the border is relatively small in comparison. This makes for an especially beautiful compact. The interior has a beautifully shaped beveled mirror and original powder screen in base. Enameling is in mint condition with no scuffs or marks visible at all. Measures 3" wide x 2" high. Previously listed for $699.  

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$475 inc. s/h*

#13604

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Nude Figural Compact

This lovely Italian sterling vermeil compact features a romantic couple with the woman partially nude in a state of deshabille'. A flock of sheep rests alongside them. Interior features a beveled mirror in the lid which is cracked but otherwise usable ... another rendition of a painting entitled "The Sleeping Shepherdess" by Francois Boucher. Enameling is in mint condition with no scuffs or scratches visible to my eye. Compact measures 2-3/8" x 2" overall.  Previously listed for $499.

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$299 inc. s/h*

#14010

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Germany Figural Calling Card Case

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rosette Figural Partial Nude Enamel Cigarette or Calling Card Case ~ Made in Germany ~ with Matching Italian Sterling Vermeil Lipstick

Although technically this calling card case isn't sterling silver (at least not marked as such) or Italian (it is made in Germany), the genre of the style and scene merited me placing it in this section.  The scene is set in the center with beaded enamel border and depicts a romantic couple with the woman partially nude in a state of deshabille'.   A flock of sheep rests alongside them.  Around the scene is turquoise enameling in cloisonne' design and this is surrounded again with another border of enameled beads.  Enameling is in mint condition with no scuffs or scratches visible to my eye.   Interior is finished in gold wash and has a spring-loaded slip on both sides.  It is marked Germany on the border.  Case measures 3-1/4" x 2-1/8" overall.  There is a lipstick in our collection that is a very good match to this case.  The same scene is surrounded in faux turquoise enameling with a turquoise jewel clasp.  When open, the lid flips up to reveal a mirror (some foxing around edges).  Overall in very good condition!  Lipstick is 2-1/4" long. Previously listed for $1,049 for the set.

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$599 Set inc. s/h*

#14011

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Italian Sterling Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact Depicting Famous Painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot Entitled "Souvenir de Mortefontaine"

This lovely Italian sterling vermeil compact features a hand-painted rendition of  "Souvenir de Mortefontaine",  an 1864 painting by French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. It is a tranquil scene of a woman and two children picking fruit by a lake.  The original painting done in 1864 is now hanging in Paris in the Louvre.  The round shape is enhanced with small faux turquoise enamel "jewels". Interior features a round beveled mirror in the lid and original powder screen in the base. We are including a new swansdown puff. Compact is in mint condition and does not appear to have ever been used. It is in beautiful condition! Hallmarked 800 and Italy. This came from a private estate in Ohio from a single collection. Measures 2-7/8" diameter. Previously listed for $799.

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$550 inc. s/h*

#11877

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact and Lipstick rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Nude Figural Compact & Matching Jeweled Lipstick

This lovely Italian sterling vermeil compact and matching lipstick are both done in a rich enameled faux lapis and turquoise. The scene on the compact depicts a romantic couple with the woman partially nude in a state of deshabille'. A sheep can be seen in the lower right corner. This was actually taken from a painting by Rococo artist Francois Boucher titled 'The Sleeping Shepherdess'.  Interior features a beveled mirror in the lid and open base. Enameling is in mint condition with no scuffs or scratches visible to my eye. Compact measures 3" wide x 2-3/8". Lipstick is 2-1/8" long and has a little mirror inside which flips up when jeweled clasp is slid open.  Previously listed for $975.

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$575 Set inc. s/h*

#14009

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Figural Romantic Couple Going for a Stroll

I've seen lots and lots of romantic couple scenes on these Italian sterling vermeil compacts, but I've never run across this exact one. It depicts a young couple out on a stroll ... the gent has his walking stick and the lady is holding a basket full of something green that they must have been picking (I hope it's flowers! LOL). The scene is surrounded by faux turquoise insets and richly scrolled silver. Normal surface scuffs visible when held to light and what appears to be a small factory flaw in the lower left side of the scene (doesn't detract at all from scene). Interior features a round beveled mirror in lid and removable powder tray in base. Measures 2-7/8" diameter. Previously listed for $675.

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$399 inc. s/h*

#13486

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact and Lipstick rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact Featuring Dancing Nymphs with Matching Lipstick

Here we have a wonderful matching set featuring dancing nymphs in a glade and surrounded by faux malachite borders. Interior features a beveled shaped mirror in the lid with some foxing. Original powder screen and puff inside base both show some wear. Enameling is in perfect condition but there are myriad scuffs in the clearcoat when held to light. The matching lipstick features the same nymphs and has a jeweled clasp. When opened, top flips up to reveal a mirror. This came from a private estate in Ohio from a single collection I have recently purchased. Compact measures 3-1/2" x 2-3/4" overall. Previously listed for $1,275 Pair.

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$675 Pair including s/h*

#11757/58

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Silver Compact w/ Hand-Painted Romantic Couple on Ivory Under Beveled Glass

Lovely Italian sterling vermeil compact featuring a fully enameled lid in rich cobalt blue and crimson red around a center vignette. The vignette contains a hand-painted scene of a romantic couple in an idyllic setting with flowers at their feet ... this is done on ivory and mounted beneath beveled glass. Rich gold vermeil over entire compact: top, sides, bottom and interior. Interior features a mirror in the lid with original powder screen in base which has never been used. Excellent condition throughout. Marked "Made in Italy" in base. Very pretty! Measures 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" overall. Previously listed for $599.

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$450 inc. s/h*

#13305

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette RARE Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact featuring Romeo & Juliet from Frank Dicksee Painting, Convex Center

Here we have a rare stunner in a design I have never seen before. The scene was taken from the very famous painting by Frank Dicksee done in 1884.  It depicts Romeo and Juliet after their wedding night ... he is leaving by way of the balcony and this is the last time they will see each other alive.  So sad!  The scene is bordered in faux turquoise enameling. Another unusual aspect of this is that the center of the lid is bowed upward in a convex shape ... not exactly domed but more like a raised center ... very nice! Interior features a square beveled mirror in the lid and open base for powder. It is marked "800" and "Italy".  Enameling is pretty close to perfect ... almost no scuffs when held to light ... it is great! This came from a private estate in Ohio from a single collection I have recently purchased. Measures 2-1/2" square.  Previously listed for $995.

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$650 inc. s/h*

#11771

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Silver Compact Rare Scene - Picnicking Couple at Park Fountain

Lovely Italian sterling vermeil compact featuring an unusual scene of a romantic couple in a park by a fountain. The young man has just filled a cup for his lady fair and is handing it to her. You can see the water where it has pooled and run off in a little stream toward the bottom of the scene. A picnic basket can be seen setting alongside the stream as well as what appears to be the lady's hat and cape lying on the ground beside her. Interior features a gorgeous beveled mirror in the lid in immaculate condition with original powder screen in base which has never been used. Even has original puff with tiny ribbon. (Interior pictures coming soon or emailed by request). This one is in MINT condition throughout ... there is not a single scuff on the surface even when held to light. A beautiful and rare compact ... measures 3-1/4" x 2-3/4" overall. Previously listed for $695.

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$450 inc. s/h*

#12894

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with "Music Hour" Serenade Scene

Here we have a rendition of the "Music Hour" featuring a gentleman playing his mandolin for two ladies fair. This one is done to resemble a fine painting ... almost in pointilistic style. There is significant wear to the clearcoat on the top of the piece, but the colors and style of this piece make it stand out. The scratches aren't visible unless viewed when held to light. Both women have a white flower in their hair and there is a garland of roses casdcading down over the column behind them. It is quite a large compact measuring a full 4-1/4" wide x 3" high. Interior has a mirror in the lid which is not beveled so it may be a replacement. Due to the scratches, this one is priced very reasonably!   Previously listed for $395.

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$299 including s/h*

#13228

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact with Romantic Couple

This is a pretty scene featuring two young ladies and a young man who appears to be beseeching the lady on the right for her hand. Perhaps the other woman is her mother or her chaperone. Interior features a round beveled mirror in the lid in excellent condition. Base has a full powder pat and puff. Enameling on lid has surface scratches visible when held to light. Measures 2-3/4" diameter. Previously listed for $650.

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$399 including s/h*

#11763

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Courting Scene Figural Compact

This Italian sterling silver compact with gold vermeil interior is done in a scene that is more commonly found but the variances in the hand-paintings can be significant. In all of them, a woman is seated in a park next to a large carved wall of some type. Her lady-in-waiting or chaperone is off to one side and a gentleman caller is seated alongside. In some of them, you can see a little bird in flight that appears to have just been released from the lady's hand. In this painting, the bird is not visible but the lady's outstretched arm can clearly be seen. This scene is a rendition of a painting by Nicolas Lancret titled 'The Innocence'. Interior is gold plated but has no mirror or powder screen ... it is empty. Excellent condition ... measures 2-3/4" diameter. Previously listed for $550.

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$350 including s/h*

#11721

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Romantic Couple

Here is a lovely Italian sterling compact with a romantic couple on the front. Nice smaller size with faux turquoise enameling around the edge. Interior has original powder screen but no mirror in lid. Excellent condition ... measures 2-3/4" x 2-1/4" Previously listed for $495.

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$350 including s/h*

#11766

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Silver Compact with Romantic Pastoral Scene

This beautiful Italian sterling compact features a pastoral romantic couple ... the young man is giving his lady fair a little bird. Interior features a shaped beveled mirror in the lid with some silver loss and some discoloring but almost all is around the perimeter, not in the center. Original powder screen in base. Enameling is in fantastic condition. Measures 3-3/8" x 2-5/8". Previously listed for $599.

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$375 including s/h*

#11807

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact Featuring "Dante & Beatrice" Painting by Henry Holiday in 1883

This is a really gorgeous and detailed sterling compact with gold plating on the interior. The scene on the cover is from a famous painting by Henry Holiday done in 1883 called "Dante & Beatrice". You can click here to read the complete story about it. The scene is surrounded by small lapis lazuli enameled designs, some of which resemble hearts. Interior of compact features a round beveled mirror in the lid and a solid powder pat in the base. Excellent condition throughout. Measures 2-3/4" diameter. Previously listed for $750.

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$550 including s/h*

#11760

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact - "Shepherd Piping to a Shepherdess" by Boucher

This is another romantic couple Italian sterling vermeil compact ... this time featuring a young man serenading his lady fair with a flute taken from the 1748 painting by Francois Boucher titled "Shepherd Piping to a Shepherdess".. It appears he has interrupted her while she was gathering roses as the basket by her side is full. Both are barefoot and appear to be lolling away a summer afternoon. Interior features a beveled mirror in the lid and original powder screen in base. Condition is extraordinary ... the enameling on the outside is absolutely MINT with nary a scuff or scratch ... just perfect! Traces of powder remain inside. Marked "800" and part of the words "Fallaci, Firenze". Measures 3" square. Previously listed for $850.

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$650 including s/h*

#11752

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Case rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Cigarette or Calling Card Case

This stunning Italian sterling vermeil rare cigarette or calling card case features faux lapis trim, spring clip inside, and a large elaborate figural scene on front. Outside is sterling but inside has gold vermeil finish. It is a very pretty and rarely found piece. Very nice condition with only slight scuffs visible when held to light from normal wear. Measures 3-3/4" x 3" overall. Previously listed for $1,050.

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$595 including s/h*

#12610

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Courting Scene in Unusual Design Compact

This lovely Italian sterling vermeil compact is done in an unusual design that I haven't seen before. The young couple appear to be chatting outside a house ... both are nicely garbed and the lad has his walking stick. This scene is surrounded in faux turquoise enameling. Interior is fitted with a beveled mirror in the lid which is in excellent condition. Original powder screen and swansdown puff are also instact. Enameling is in perfect condition with no wear or scuffs even when held to light. Measures 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" overall. Previously listed for $699.

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$435 including s/h*

#11458

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Set rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Faux Malachite Figural Compact & Lipstick Set - Romantic Pastoral Scene

Here we have an Italian sterling vermeil set done in faux malachite enameling and featuring another romantic couple in a pastoral setting. Compact case does not have mirror inside ... it is uncertain whether there ever was one or if this was meant to hold cigarettes. No powder screen and no indication of any powder remains either. Lipstick case has mirror inside and turquoise jewel catch. Matching scrollwork on both pieces. Case measures 3" square and lipstick is 2-1/2" long. Previously listed for $725.

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$525 Set including s/h*

#11704

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Set rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact & Lighter Set - Two Ladies Holding Dove

This is a rare find ... a matching compact and lighter set in Italian sterling vermeil. The scene is an unusual one of two ladies holding a white dove. The compact features a beveled mirror inside which is beginning to show signs of age fogging. A swansdown puff is included. The lighter case is a case only (no mechanism) and has a significant chip in the design above the ladies' heads ... since it came with the compact and is a match, it is being included at no extra charge. Enameling on compact has some scuffs from use visible when held to light ... but no other damage anywhere. Compact measures 2-3/4" wide x 2-1/4" high. Previously listed for $699.

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$499 Set including s/h*

#11718

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact and Comb Set rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact and Comb Set Featuring Fishing Scene

Here we have another wonderful matched set featuring a young man and two maidens fishing by a stream. The comb features the young man and one of the ladies in a more romantic pose. Both pieces are trimmed with faux turquoise enamel. Compact interior features a beveled mirror in the lid and original powder screen in base. Condition of enameling is very good with only minor scuffs visible when held to light. Comb is faux tortoiseshell and enameling is in perfect condition. This came from a private estate in Ohio from a single collection I have recently purchased. Compact measures 2-3/4" square overall; comb is 4-5/8" x 1-3/8" overall. Previously listed for $899.

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$599 Pair including s/h*

#11761

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact by Coppini Featuring  Park Scene with Minstrel

This is a more unusual scene to find on an Italian sterling vermeil compact ... it features five people in a park setting. The two seated ladies appear to be studying a book while a tutor leans over, another is picking flowers, and a fifth stands by with his mandolin in hand ready to play a tune. A tiny dog can be seen reclining on one side and a lake can be seen with a village far off in the background. Behind the group is a large statuary figure as part of the park setting. Faux turquoise surrounds the tranquil scene. Interior has a wide-beveled shaped mirror (there is a small chip in the underside of the mirror on the lower right) and swansdown puff in base. It is in very fine condition with only very, very minor superficial scuffs visible when held to light. Measures 3-3/8" x 3" overall. Previously listed for $1,250.

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$599 including s/h*

#12124

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact featuring Romantic Couple "Playing the Flute" & Sheep

Here we have a wonderful romantic figural pastoral scene ... a young gent holds the flute for his lady fair to play ... interesting twist on a common theme. Sheep surround the couple's feet. Lovely faux turquoise borders on an Italian sterling vermeil compact. There isn't much gold on the outside but the inside is bright gold. Interior has a beveled oval mirror and original powder screen in base (has a hole in it though). New swansdown puff will be included. Enameling is in excellent condition with only superficial surface scuffs due to age as is commonly found. Stamped 800 in powder well. Measures 3-1/4" x 2-5/8" overall. Previously listed for $435.

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$250 including s/h*

#11368

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact featuring Romantic Couple in Rare Outdoor Scene

Here we have a wonderful romantic figural Italian sterling vermeil compact with a scene I have never run across before. This one features a young lad and lass sitting in an outdoor setting with a lake and mountains in the background. They appear to be in a discussion of some sort. There is a broken tree behind them with a fence beyond that. Cattails can be seen in the front right and rushes along the water to their left. It is just a beautiful scene surrounded by faux turquoise in an intricate border design. Interior has a large beveled mirror in the lid and open for powder in the bottom. Swansdown puff included. Stamped 800 in powder well. Enamel is in very good condition with only very minor superficial scuffs visible when held to light. Measures 3-1/2" x 3" overall. Previously listed for $1,250.

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$650 including s/h*

#12236

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact

rosette RARE  "Music Lessons" Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact featuring Mother, Child & Dog

Here we have a very rare Italian sterling vermeil compact with a scene I have not seen before: a mother teaching her child how to play the mandolin. The child is holding the sheet music in her lap while the mother demonstrates on the instrument. A basket of flowers rests at their feet holding roses picked from the nearby garden and a tiny pet dog reclines close by. If you look closely, it almost looks as if they are singing a tune! This lovely scene is surrounded by faux lapis enamel and faux turquoise with tiny hand-painted flowers for embellishment. Interior of compact has a horseshoe shaped mirror in the lid which has a clean crack ... still can see clearly.   Hallmarks include 800, Made in Italy, and another symbol I can't make out. Condition of enameling on lid is close to mint with only a few very, very minor scuffs visible only when held to light ... really insignificant. Measures 3-1/8" x 3-1/4" overall. Previously listed for $850.

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$499 including s/h*

#11593

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Romantic Courting Scene w/ Sheep

This is a rather unusual and unique Italian sterling vermeil compact with a romantic couple in the center of a wide faux turquoise enameled border. The scene is charming with a sheep lying beside a young woman who appears to be re-tying her love's neckerchief. Interior features a round beveled mirror in excellent condition and original powder screen and puff inside. Enameling is in very good conditoin with only a few very minor scuffs from use visible with a glass or when held to light ... no significant damage anywhere. Hallmarked "Italy" and "800" inside. Measures almost 3" diameter. Previously listed for $475.

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$325 including s/h*

#11706

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Pill Box rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Pill Box with Romantic Courting Scene

This cute little Italian sterling vermeil features a romantic couple on the lid and lots of finely inlaid faux malachite enameling around the border. Embossed daisies go all around the side and the bottom has the typical curlicue scrollwork design. Snaps shut tightly and will hold pills securely. There is a fair amount of scuffing to the surface of the enamel but it does not go through to the design. fine for viewing. Enameling has some minor scuffs from use visible with a glass or when held to light ... no significant damage anywhere. Measures 1-3/8" x 1-1/2" overall. Previously listed for $275.

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$199 including s/h*

#11772

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact Featuring Romantic Couple in Pastoral Scene - Rare 2-Tone Blue Border

Here we have a very sweet figural sterling vermeil compact with a slovely pastoral scene of a romantic couple in a country setting with a sheep lying beside them. The gentleman appears to be playing with the lady's hair. This is one of the prettiest lid designs I have seen with the double 2-tone blue border withcobalt on the inside and powder blue on the outside with sterling designs throughout. Interior features a beveled mirror which is in pretty bad shape ... it has a cracked corner and the silver is deteriorating. Marked "800" in the base with original powder screen. Enameled surface is near mint with no visible wear or damage. This came from a private estate in Ohio from a single collection I have recently purchased. Measures 3" x 2-1/2" overall. Previously listed for $799.

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$499 including s/h*

#11715

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette RARE  Figural Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact "Romantic Picnic"

Here is a very rare Italian sterling vermeil compact with a scene I have never come across before. The scene on the front is of a romantic couple in elegant Sunday dress having a picnic in the park. The gentleman's tophat is lying on the ground. On the table behind them, you can see a pitcher and two cups. Entire scene, which is larger than normal, is surrounded by faux turquoise. Interior features a beveled mirror in the lid with only very slight silver loss visible. Original powder screen and a used puff still remain in the interior. Condition of enameling on lid is close to mint with only a few very, very miniscule scuffs visible when held to light. Nice larger size measures 3-3/8" x 2-5/8" overall. Previously listed for $899.

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$450 including s/h*

#12071

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Silver Figural Compact Featuring Romantic Courting Couple & Piano

This lovely compact features a hand-painted scene of a romantic couple in a parlor setting with the lady seated at a piano. There is a larger compact with this same scene that I have sold that takes into view the entire piano and more of the room ... this is a nice, smaller accompanying piece to one of those. I would go so far to say that this compact is in mint condition as there are no scuffs or damage to the enamel of any kind. Interior features a beveled mirror in the lid, original powder screen in base and small swansdown puff. This came from a private estate in Ohio from a single collection I have recently purchased. Measures 2-1/2" x 2-1/4" overall.Previously listed for $799.

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$450 including s/h*

#11716

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact Featuring Romantic Couple w/Bird

This compact is for the beginning collector who wants a reasonably priced compact that will display well. It is being sold as is for a few reasons: thre is a significant chip in the baby blue enameling right at the clasp and the surface has significant scuffing in the glass clearcoat ... it does not intrude into the enameling at all. The scene is figural and depicts a young lad holding a little bird up to his lady fair. The enameling around them is really beautiful and intricately done in an unusual soft baby blue color. The sterling base has rich gold vermeil all over ... the sides are richly embossed in florals and the base is done in a basketweave design. Interior features a framed-in beveled oval mirror in the lid and open powder well in base. Marked "Made in Italy" in the base. Measures 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" overall. Previously listed for $325.

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$225 including s/h*

#11482

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Featuring Romantic Couple

This lovely compact features a romantic couple and faux turquoise trim. The exterior has no gold vermeil at all; it is only on the inside of the compact. Compact has a beveled mirror in the lid but the silvering is pretty well shot. Base has original powder screen and puff, both used. Enameling on compact does have surface scratches in the clearcoat visible when held to light ... they do not go into the enameling.  Compact measures 3-1/2" x 2-7/8" overall. Previously listed for $599.

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$450 including s/h*

#11765

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Featuring Romantic Couple

Here we have a courtier gallant with his lady fair ... his hat is swept off as he bows toward her. The object of his affections is richly begowned in overflowing skirts, dainty slippers, and wide-brimmed feathered hat. Rich in detail and beautifully surrounded in faux turquoise enameling. Interior features a large mirror in the lid which is beginning to lose its silvering. If there was a retaining border around the mirror, it is missing, but mirror is glued in place (I would replace mirror if I were keeping this one). Measures 3-5/8" x 2-5/8" overall. Previously listed for $450.

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$350 including s/h*

#11493

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact with Romeo & Juliet Romantic Couple

I like to refer to this one as my Romeo & Juliet compact as these two young lovers certainly remind me of that romantic couple. Beautiful vermeil case with faux turquoise enameling accented with tiny painted flowers ... back of case and sides are intricately embossed with scrollwork as is typical of these Italian compacts. Interior is fitted with a lovely shaped beveled mirror, and entire compact is in excellent condition. It is truly gorgeous! Previously listed for $825.

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$425 including s/h*

#7691

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil "Madamoiselle De Camargo Dancing" with Faux Turquoise Trim

This darling Italian sterling vermeil compact features a scene of a young woman with her arms outstretched in an obvious happy dance with musicians visible in the background.  The scene is a rendition of a painting done in 1730 by Nicolas Lancret (title above). The interior features an oval beveled mirror in the lid and original powder screen and swansdown puff in the base. Enameling has some very, very minor scuffs from use visible with a glass or when held to light ... no significant damage anywhere. Measures approximately 3-1/8" wide x 2-1/2" high. Previously listed for $750.

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$425 including s/h*

#12395

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italy Sterling Vermeil Faux Turquoise Enameled Compact w/ Detailed Scene Featuring Couple, Bird, Dog and Sheep

Another of my favorites ... a stunning little Italian sterling vermeil compact with a fantastic scene loaded with detail. A young gentleman is bestowing a gift of a white dove in a wooden cage to his barefoot lady love while two sheep and his dog look on. A castle can be seen in the background. The interior features a beveled mirror set in an ornately chased gold vermeil frame. Original screen and swansdown puff are still inside. Case is richly embossed on sides and bottom as well as top. Note the "daisies" set just in front of the faux turquoise in each corner. Mint condition! Measures approximately 2-1/2" wide x 2" high. Previously listed for $750.

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$450 including s/h*

#8529

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Set rosette RARE MATCHING 3-Pc. SET!! Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact -"Dante & Beatrice" Painting by Henry Holiday in 1883 plus Matching Comb and Jeweled Lipstick

Here we have a wonderful 3-pc. matched set ... a compact, comb and jeweled lipstick. This stunning set has a scene from a famous painting by Henry Holiday done in 1883 called "Dante & Beatrice". You can click here to read the complete story about it. IInterior of compact features a round beveled mirror in the lid with rope-twist mount surrounding it and there is a powder pat in the base. The mirror has considerable foxing due to age. The matching combcase holds a faux tortoise comb inside (one tooth missing). The matching lipstick is set with a jeweled turquoise catch ... when opened, a little mirrored lid pops up (mirror is cracked but easily replaced if desired). This set is not done in vermeil ... there is no gold color, only the silver. Cases are all richly embossed with flourishes and scrolls. Really a stunning set! Swansdown puff included. Compact measures 2-3/4" diameter, comb is 4-1/2" wide x 1-1/8" high, and lipstick is 2" long. Previously listed for $995.

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$650 Set including s/h*

#8902

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Italian Compact rosette Italian Compact Featuring Painting from Fragonard's Progress of Love Series

Beautiful figural compact from Italy with romantic couple taken from Fragonard's series Progress of Love done in enamel on the front. The figural scene on this one is a transfer rather than hand-painted but lovely just the same. Faux lapis enamel around the edges sets it off. Compact is completely engraved on all sidesbut it is not sterling ... this one is brass and a nice imitation of the real thing. Interior features a beveled framed-in mirror in lid and open powder pot in base. It only shows slight signs of use. A very pretty compact for a great price! Measures approximately 3" diameter. Previously listed for $450.

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$199 including s/h*

#8837

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette RARE RARE RARE! Italian Sterling Silver Figural Cigarette Case with Courting Couple

And yet another rare and wonderful item from the same estate as above ... this fabulous flip-top cigarette case features a lovely painting of a courting couple on its front with faux malachite accents all around. Inside of case is all done in gold vermeil. This is the only flip-top cigarette case of this type that I have ever seen and we are delighted to be able to offer it and the one above ... these are truly among the rarest of items! Excellent condition throughout ... enamel surface is absolutely perfect. Stamped "800" on the frame of the case. Measures 3-5/8" high x 2-1/8" wide x 1" deep.  Previously listed for $899.

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$499 including s/h*

#11466

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Featuring Courting Scene

And yet again another scene of a gentleman gifting his lady love with a little bird. Alas, this one has flown the coop and the bethroned lady is pointing skyward as he flies away ... much to the lady's dismay! A lady-in-waiting can be seen in the background holding a cape that belongs either to the gent or the lady. This scene is a rendition of a painting by Nicolas Lancret titled 'The Innocence'. Italian sterling vermeil case with faux turquoise inlay around the scene. Interior features a beveled shaped mirror in the lid, original powder screen and used swandown puff. There are only a few very, very minor scuffs on the surface. Some very minute areas at the edges of the enameling that weren't ever painted show upon close inspection ... not noticeable to the naked eye (at least not mine!) Compact measures 3-1/4" wide x 3" high. Previously listed for $625.

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$425 including s/h*

#8268

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Pill Box Featuring Romantic Couple

This one is a little different in that it is not a compact but a pillbox (no mirror inside, just storage). Done just like the sterling vermeil compacts from Italy, this little jewel features a romantic couple on the front with faux turquoise enameling and chased silver vermeil case. A picnic basket rests under the young lady's arm. Sides of case and back are also chased with incised designs. Measures 1-3/4" diameter x 3/8" thick. It is in perfect condition! Previously listed for $299.

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$225 including s/h*

#8608

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact Featuring Courting Couple

Another of my favorite type of compact ... Italian sterling vermeil with the wonderful courting scene enamel portrait on the lid, a rendition of a painting by Nicolas Lancret titled 'The Innocence'. This one is in the round with tiny faux turquoise "stones" set in around the scene. Mirror inside the lid is round with a beveled edge. The number 800 (for sterling) is embossed in the mirror frame. There is a replacement puff in the base. Compact is in MINT condition! Measures 2-7/8" diameter. Previously listed for $625.

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$350 including s/h*

#8376

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette RARE MATCHING SET!! Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact - Serenading Couple w/ Original Matching Figural Jeweled Lipstick

Here we have a wonderful original matched set ... a compact and jeweled lipstick featuring a gentleman serenading his lady fair while her chaperones look on. Rich cobalt enameled 'jewels' surround the scene. The matching lipstick also has cobalt ends with a sapphire cabochon jewel. Lipstick slides out and a mirror pops up for easy viewing. Interior of compact features a round beveled mirror in the lid ... marked '800 Italy.' Both pieces are in excellent condition with some minor scuffs visible on the compact when viewed with a loupe. Swansdown puff included. Compact measures 2-3/4" diameter and lipstick is 2-1/8" long. Previously listed for $950.

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$675  2-Pc. Set including s/h*

#10442

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Compact rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Figural Compact with Frogs & Lily Pads on Deep Turquoise Enamel Guilloche Pond

This is a very rare Italian sterling vermeil compact done in a highly unusual design. Background of deep turquoise creates a pond with lily pads and frogs frolicking about. Sides and back are all embossed as is typically found, only the top is different. Interior features a beveled rectangular mirror in lid and has a swansdown puff. There is some damage to the enamel on the far left side; other than that, it is perfect. This has been in my collection for some time and I'm finally ready to move it along to its next owner ;-) . Compact measures 3-1/4" wide x 2-1/2" high. Previously listed for $325.

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$275 including s/h*

#7971

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Italian Sterling Vermeil Lipstick rosette Italian Sterling Vermeil Faux Malachite Lipstick Case with Mirror

Here is a darling little lipstick case in sterling vermeil also made in Italy. Beautifully embossed sides and base with an inlaid faux malachite. The end pulls out and a mirror flips up so you can see your lips while applying the lipstick. Mirror is in great shape, enameling is all fine, and there is still lipstick (red!) in the tube. Measures approximately 2-1/4" long x 3/4" square. Previously listed for $95.

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$75 including s/h*

#10350

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