This unique little trinket features two sportsmen, four dogs and one rabbit all of who play out a "chasse" scene around the wide band of the box. The box dates from 1890-1900 and originates from the south of France.
The very masculine scene is unusual, this type of box normally has a feminine appeal. It stands on four little ball-shaped feet. The central band is set with metal "dentelle" teeth at the top and bottom. A deep blue fabric serves as the perfect backdrop for the silvered figures The figures are detailed, you can feel the contours of the animals' bodies and the clothing of the hunters. There are two pastoral scenes at each end with a fence, trees and grass. The one on the left has a large bird atop the fence.
The lid is a thick piece of glass with a bezel edge. The glass is set into metal "dentelle" teeth and closes with a metal "S" clasp. The interior has a silk tufted cushion is the palest of pinks. There are remnants of silk around the interior band. The bottom is covered in deep blue velvet.
The box measures: 2" tall, 4" wide and 2 1/2" deep. The interior is 1" deep. It is in good antique condition: the glass is slightly worn away above the back hinge from years of opening and closing, this is normal with age. The interior silk is faded. Otherwise, it still holds the original silvered figures around the band and is in very sound condition.
This is a wonderful box for a collector. It would be handsome with a man's ring shimmering from inside. It would also be an unusual stamp box for a man's desk.
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Fine French Small Antiques: Eighteenth Century Smalls, Gilded Bronze, Objets of Vertu, Napoleon III