French, Height 40 mm, 12 g, circa 1780
An extremely fine and rare gold enamel perfume flask with finest enamel painting "en grisaille" in the manner of by George Michael Moser and Augustin Toussaint
Case: gold enamel, oval base with monogram "JH", amphora shape. Walls with engine-turned pattern and cobalt blue enamelling, edge with engraved gold ornamentation. Both sides with horizontally oval enamel vignettes with neo-classical-style "en grisaille" scenes on brown ground, in white and gold Champlevé frames: Melpomene, the muse of tragedy and Calliope, the muse of epic poetry. Engraved screw cap, short chain.
Case: very good, slightly scratched