Extremely Rare And Highly Unusual Flight And Barr Honey Pot And Cover

 

An extremely rare and highly unusual Flight and Barr Honey Pot and Cover, of beehive shape the lower part fixed to a circular base, painted with canted rectangular panels of brightly coloured butterflies in flight, framed within canted rectangular gold edged panels, reserved on a salmon pink ground gilt with neoclassical formal honeycombe cells gilt with anthemian and crimped ribbon together with gilded dots and border of Greek key. The domed cover with similar Greek key border and pointed gold knop finial set above a sunburst.

An extremely unusual form, taken in inspiration from the London silver examples seen at that time. The Butterflies should be compared with micro mosaic work or inlaid Grand Ducal Florentine semi precious stones, mounted into furniture.

Provenance: Private English Collection

Circa 1800-1805

Marks:    Incised B to the underside of the pot.

 

Stock No. 1804

 

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