This exquisite miniature dates from 1880-1900 and comes from Paris. With it's delicate form and fine detail, it would have once been sold in one of the fine shops along the Palais Royale in Paris.
The beautiful gilded metal body of the table/box stands on four curvy and delicate legs. The top of each leg is in the form of an angel, with her wings outstretched. Her body transforms into a decorated column....this type of stylized angel was used both in architecture and accessories in late 19th century France. The body of the table/box is formed by a wide (1 1/4") band which has a design reminiscent of brocade ribbon. Harps, flowers, and arabesques repeat across the entire band. The lid has three molded, hand cut cherubs which have been placed onto the honeycomb patterned top. Two cherubs hand laurel wreaths up to a third cherub who is standing on a Roman column. The lid has a braided band around the outer edge and a little round knob for opening.
The interior has been lined with pale blue silk; the bottom pillow has been tufted with little silk buttons. Fine silk braid trims the outer edges. The outer underneath panel of the box was once lined with silk over a paper board, the silk has now worn to just horizontal threads. The inside bottom of the box is of the same metal as the entire box.
It measures:3 3/4" tall, 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" oval, the interior measures:7/8" deep. It is in good and solid condition. The lid has some wear to the gilding which is normal to age. The metal lid has one slightly raised area between the far right cherub and the standing one (this has occurred with use, heat and age).
It would be a very fine addition to a French doll vignette, serving as a small table as well as a box for the lovely lady's jewels.
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