This is a lovely and charming piece, shimmering with lots of glass and an interior mirror. It originates from Paris and dates from 1880-1890.
Pieces such as this, in the form of miniature furniture were produced with great creativity in the late nineteenth century. They were made to display trinkets and jewelry, and could also serve in houses and rooms for French dolls.
The body is made entirely of laiton, a heavy gunmetal grey metal mixture commonly used during this period. The etagere has cast detailing of rounded cartouch panels with raised arabesques and filigree. It has glass windows on either side, two small front side windows and a large window on the front panel. There are six curved feet. The door at the back opens up to reveal two shelves (forming three compartments, two of which are visible through the windows, one is a "secret" compartment hid from view). The door has a mirror attached which serves to reflect the precious objects placed inside. The mirror has a pretty cracked effect. The bottom has the model number (#25) and the French word for patent "depose" stamped. During this period each of these individual little creations were required to be registered and bear the mark of depose.
It measures:7 7/8" tall, 5" wide across the front legs, 3 1/4" deep and 5 5/8" wide across the back legs. It is in solid and good antique condition. The patina to the metal has the darker hue which only comes from age and time. The mirror has lost some of it's silvering but still retains enough to reflect items on the shelves. There are no visible cracks or chips to the windows.
It is a precious little piece which would be beautiful filled with treasured jewels!
Item ID: P347
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