ANTIQUE CHELSEA / ST JAMES GOUYN PORCELAIN CUPID & TIGER LOCKET SEAL FOB c1750's
An antique English Chelsea / St. James (most likely by Charles Gouyn) porcelain fob; beautifully modelled as Eros / Cupid holding a tiger, with hand painted decoration and reading 'Amor Vincit Omnia' (Love Conquers All) around the base, solid 18 carat gold (tests) fittings and base set with a carnelian agate seal engraved 'Vive L'amour' (Long Live Love) in reverse, above the image of Cupid holding a heart and his bow, and the base hinging open to reveal a hand painted flower to the porcelain base.
Wow - such fine quality & so incredibly rare...immensely collectable!
CONDITION: All original and very good. Some signs of detail wear & glaze rubbing commensurate with age and use. Hinge/base fittings a little loose, some denting & gold loss. Please see pictures for overall condition.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1750's. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 30 mm tall, base 15 x 12 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 5.7 grams.