A delightful and very decorative box, it features five figural panels (bas relief) illustrating the celebration of wine harvest. The coffre originates from Paris and dates from 1860-1880.
The top panel portrays Bacchus, the god of wine in a classic pose, wine glass in hand, seated in the vineyard with other cherubic helpers. A half inch border frames the design with bas relief vines, leaves and grapes.
The four side panels portray progressive scenes in the wine harvest: the front, left and right sides show the picking of the grapes by enthusiastic cherubs, the front panel shows the grapes being placed in baskets with a human helper. Each panel around the sides has a 1/4" bas relief border of vines and leaves.
The bas relief figures and shapes have been tipped with copper. The base of the box is of laiton (mix of metals).
The box stands on four metal feet. It is lined with dark blue velvet. It measures:5 1/4" across, 2 3/4" front to back and 3 1/2" tall. The interior measures 2 1/2" deep.
The box is in solid condition. There is normal wear to the copper accents from age and polishing. The interior has some fading.
It is an exceptional work in bas relief, in a nice larger size. It would be a fantastic desk box for stamps and cards.
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