A fine 19th century French crystal and dore bronze footed jewelry casket. The casket has a beveled crystal lid surmounted with a silver and ivory medallion of Roman goddess Minerve. The medallion is signed A Bargas. Bargas worked in Paris in the late 19th century-early 20th century as an engraver of medals and created belt buckles and buttons in the Art Nouveau style. He designed medals to be put into a pocket or carried in a purse to be able to carry a small bit of fine art wherever one went. The detail on this medal is fabulous (please see photo). This jewelry casket has exquisite embossed French motifs of swags and floral garlands on all four sides and a decorated base. It retains its original cream silk interior. Measures 7.25" long by 4" deep by 3.25" high. In very good antique condition, it does have some verdigris to the bronze patina which gives it a pleasant aged look. A very unique jewelry casket box.
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