Halcyon Days Portrait of Titus Box
Exquisitely hand pained on this box is Titus, son of Rembrandt. Titus (1641-68) was the only one of Rembrandt’s four children with his first wife, Saskia, to survive infancy. He was 16 when this portrait was painted yet, rather than creating an image of a carefree teenager, Rembrandt has shown him as a serious young man.
Being number 55, this box is in an edition limited to 150.
Founded by Susan Benjamin in 1950, Halcyon Days was initially a small antiques shop based on Avery Row in London which specialised in dealing with English antiques, in particular small enamel boxes. By 1959 the company had outgrown its original premises and moved to its home on Brook Street, where it remained for some 50 years. It now operates a shop in the Royal Exchange in the City of London ( opens September 2016 ) and from its offices and showroom in Knightsbridge, London.
Whilst the English craft of enameling onto copper flourished during the 18th century, by the 1830s it had almost disappeared; consequently the pieces which Halcyon Days specialised in were extremely rare. In 1970 Susan Benjamin established a collaboration with enamel manufacturer Bilston and Battersea Enamels.
In 1978 Halcyon Days was granted the Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II, followed in 1987 by the Royal Warrants of the Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, as the first ever ‘Suppliers of Objets d’Art’.
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