This lovely boulle playing card box was made during the middle to late 1800's. This style of decoration gets its name from the renowned French cabinet maker Andre Charles Boulle (1643-1732) who originated the technique. The intricate pattern is created by the inlay of brass and red stained shell and covers every side of this box. The interior is covered in black textured leather. There are two wells for playing card decks as well as a pocket in the lid. There was most likely a tray that fit over the card wells at one time. Overall condition is very good to excellent. There is a 1" sliver of shell missing from the back upper corner and one bit very slightly lifted on the top front edge. I think you'll find both of these imperfections minor and hard to notice. All brass is intact. Measurements are 8.25" x 4.5" x 2.5".
Item ID: RL739
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