This is an exceptionally elegant antique Louis Philippe Style dresser box dating from the mid-1800s.
This is just so beautiful and regal, it would look wonderful on a dresser or any surface that gives it due attention.
Named for the monarch who ruled France from 1830 to 1848, Louis Philippe Style furniture and decorative objects are typically characterized by soft lines and little or restrained ornamentation.
The use of dark woods like walnut, mahogany and palissandre (French for "rosewood") was another common characteristic of the style.
This exquisite antique box is covered in a veneer comprised mainly of mahogany with rosewood veneer accents on the lid.
You can see that the lid features a rosewood veneered border that frames a panel of varnished mahogany.
The wide stripe of rosewood and larger panel of mahogany veneer are separated by a tiny stripe of black and light-brown checkered parquetry.
An elegant onlaid brass decoration has been applied at the center of the lid.
Keeping with Louis Philippe Style, it maintains a look of discretion with its darkened patina that complements the richness of the surrounding woods.
The interior of the applied decoration features stained accents that echo the shape and line of the onlaid brass.
Finally, a small circular piece of genuine Mother of Pearl is inlaid at the center of the lid's decorative design.
Each of the box's four corners is flattened, giving the piece the rounded, subdued quality characteristic of much Louis Philippe Style furniture.
There is a small keyhole at the front of the box though the key has gone missing.
You will find that the interior of the dresser box is lined with luxe red velvet while the underside of the lid features an enormous mirror.
We are pleased to report that, despite a few very small spots and flea-bite scratches, the mirror remains in very good condition.
Some areas of the lining that surround the mirror have pulled up slightly and show some minor wear.
The underside of the box is lined with sienna linen and shows chipping at each corner, as well as some applied pieces of balsa that are likely the product of later repairs.
The front right corner of the lid exhibits a small chip while the remaining areas of the box's exterior shows some minor scratches, tiny spots and otherwise small areas of wear.
You will also notice some light crazing to the veneer, particularly on the lid.
This exceptionally elegant dresser box is an outstanding example of Louis Philippe style and remains in good antique condition overall.
Measurements: Box measures 9 3/4" long, 7 1/2" wide and 4 3/8" tall, Mirror is 7 1/2" tall and 5 1/4" wide Weight: 2 lbs., 3 oz.
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