★ Decorative Casket with Plaques (c.1815)

★ A decorative casket with porcelain plaques, made in England by the Derby Porcelain Works (c.1815). Currently in the collections of LACMA, it’s crafted from rosewood and adorned with opulent gilt bronze decorative mouldings (also known as ‘ormolu’), with hand-painted porcelain plaques featuring still life arrangements of various fruits, leaves and flowers. Isn’t it just exquisite? The beautiful hand-painted plaques are so pretty, and the crisp white porcelain gives the colours a wonderful luminous quality. I can’t imagine how expensive this gorgeous object must have been when it was new, but it was undoubtedly the preserve of the fabulously wealthy. And to think, it was likely housed in equally opulent surroundings…

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