This elegant little gilded box is a true little bijou! It originates from Paris and dates from 1880-1890.
This type of box was popular with traveling nobility and often served as a presentation box for a special piece of jewelry. The curvy rectangular form give it lots of charm! It is made of metal which has been entirely gilded. It stands on four fancy feet with a harp shape and a fleur de lis at the bottom center. The body of the box is a wide metal band which follows the curves of the lid. A "cisele" or hand cut piece of gilded metal ornaments the top of the box with a lacy feel. The lid opens with a small clasp. The lid is bezel set and features two bezel set images under glass. The one on the left is the Place de Vendome, on the right the Grand Palais.
The interior of the box is lined with the original pink silk. It measures: 3 7/8" across the bottom feet, 2" deep at bottom and 2 1/8" tall. The interior measures 1" deep. The eglomise scenes each measure 3/4" in diameter. It is in very good antique condition. There is slight color loss to the sky portions of the eglomise scenes but otherwise the colors remain bright and visible.
It is an unusual little box of it's type. The brilliant gilt patina make it the perfect little treasure box for a vanity tray or lady's desk top.
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