Exquisite French gilt bronze jewelry casket box with a lovely portrait miniature. Fabulous detail on the diamond-shaped box showcasing the skill and artistry of fine workmanship. A divine bronze frieze panel extends around the sides of the casket featuring embossed floral and lyre motifs. The lid features an enamel on copper portrait miniature with foil highlights signed with the artist's initials. The portrait is surrounded by layers of bronze embellishments. The hinged lid opens to reveal a cream velvet interior. The casket measures 5.75" wide by 3.75" deep by 1.75" high. It is in excellent antique condition. The box is a fine example of pieces sold in the Palais Royal shops of Paris in the 19th century as a memento of the Grand Tour. Today it would be a wonderful token of love or friendship.
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