Queen Anne

Queen Anne

A vitreous enamel choker circa 1760, containing portraits of Queen Anne. Decorative vitreous enamels were made at Wolverhampton, Birmingham and other places but the largest and most famous production centre was at Bilston. The main period for the production of these enamels was circa 1760 to 1790. During that period there were many workshops in the Bilston area, mostly small scale, family run affairs in which it is worth noting, women seem to have played an important role. The plaques contain images of the Queen on a cream ground with coloured decoration. Each of the 7 plaques measure 1.5 inches by 1 and 1/4 inches and the choker of velvet ribbon can be adjusted to fit a neck of any size. How this piece has survived in near perfect condition is quite remarkable.

sold  £850