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Capodimonte Oversize Jewelry Casket

Capodimonte Oversize Jewelry Casket Offered For Sale for $3,000 at the West Palm Beach Antiques Show in 2010

Photo by Jay B. Siegel
While not common, this large jewelry casket is a great example of the type of Capodimonte ware that typifies what many collectors recognize, along with floral pieces, as traditional Capodimonte. These aren't true Capodimonte pieces made at the royal factory early on, but rather items made in that style. This jewelry casket is a finely crafted, valuable piece.

 

Like this one, many pieces of Capodimonte collectors encounter today will have a variation of the first crown and Neopolitan N mark used in the late 1700s and early 1800s. These pieces aren't nearly as old, with most produced since the 1920s. They are sometimes marked with a company name in addition to an "N" mark, or they simply bear a mark like Capodimonte Italy written in gold. These may have had a sticker label with more identifying information that has been removed or wore away over the years.

To gauge the desirability of these later items, you must look closely at the execution of the painting incorporated into the design. Valuable Capodimonte wares will have fine details, while pieces of lesser quality imitate the style but are often poorly executed. Look at how the faces are painted, for instance, to help determine the quality.

To see other examples of this type of Capodimonte made during the first half of the 20th century formerly held in the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, click here.

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