From the Victorian era, circa 1870-80, this is an amazing Black Forest carved box, with the most ornate details.
On top of its delicate carving (about the most sophisticated I have ever seen!) the box has scalloped edges, and a small elevated motif in the center of the lid.
The motifs are mostly inspired by nature, and are leaves and floral arabesques. But there are also what looks like birds on the sides, and 2 whimsical ladies at the front.
The wood is light (to allow for the extremely detailed carving) and it has been dyed with an ancient, natural dye, coming from walnuts.
This wooden lace style seems to have particularly appealed to the 19th Century French market, while boxes with pheasants and quails on top, were more popular with the Swiss.
(Both countries border the Black Forest)
Alas, these delicate wood productions did not last. WWI, which raged in that ares, seems to have wiped out a whole generation of skilled craftsmen.
A rare and prestigious box which will bring elegance and character to any room.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 14". Width: 6 1/4". Height: 4 1/2".
(35.5 cm) by (16 cm) by (11 1/4 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition. Hardly any loss to the wood lace, which is remarkable. The old lock was closed with a strip of wood (see Pic) This is a very old repair, nearly as old as the box, and it is hardly noticeable. Minor crack on the edge of the lid. Not noticeable either.
Will be shipped Expedited from Paris (7 days) including insurance and signature at delivery.
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Item ID: 1864BOX
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