Lovely 19th century French pocket watch case or box by Alphonse Giroux. Of oak wood decorated with patinaed metal accenting comprising of a border of minute beading to the sides, surmounted by a finely detailed plaque allegorizing music and the pastoral, featuring pipes, a tambourine and a sheet of music set amongst florals and foliage. Has a push button closure, which opens smoothly and closes with a nice 'click'. The hinged lid opens to reveal an interior display stand, hinged with spring setting to the back, lined in a blue toned velvet. Signed Alph. Giroux Cie Paris. In good condition showing age related wear, there is some scuffing visible on the wood edge near the push button fittings-visible in the photos. Measures 3" length x 2 1/2" wide x about 1 5/8" tall. Pocket watch shown in the photos is not included.
Founded in 1799 by Simon Alphonse Giroux (1775-1848) Parisian cabinetmaker and official restorer for Notre Dame, the firm of "Maison Alphonse Giroux" also known as "Giroux & Cie" was located at 7 rue du coq Saint-Honoré in Paris. Specializing in producing fine objets d'art and exquisite furniture for a list of wealthy clientele and patronized by members of the French Royal Family, including Louis XVIII, Charles X, Henri V and especially Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie. Giroux was also a relative of Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, the French artist and scientist who invented the daguerreotype. Giroux contributed to Daguerre's success by making the first production of the camera in fine walnut, "La Daguerrotype." In 1838, the business was taken over by his eldest son, Alphonse Gustave Giroux. Under his guidance and innovative planning, the business grew to become one of the first and most prestigious department stores in Paris, while continuing to take important commissions for custom work. The firm received a silver medal at the 1839 Exposition des l'Industrie Francaise and produced pieces for the World Exposition of 1855.
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Item ID: GX-1072
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