Boxes such as this example were popular with the traveling wealthy at the turn of the century. They were highly individual and often in the form of miniature furniture, making them perfect for use with French fashion dolls. This little box is in the form of a sewing cabinet and dates from 1900-1910 and originates just from the North of Paris.
It is very heavy for it's size, cast from metal and copper. The metal has been gilded with accents of copper left to shine through. It stands on four fancy feet with a figural garland of roses and leaves between the front and between the back feet. The case of the box is in a four sided curved rosette shape with raised roses and leaves. The lid is curved and ornamented with a raised figural rose at the center and incised leaves and roses along the sides. The bottom bears the mold number "136".
The interior is lined with beautiful claret colored silk, with a tufted silk cushion and covered silk buttons. The lid is embellished in the same manner with a tufted silk cushion and silk buttons. The interior has wide claret colored braid, the lid a small gold braid.The measurements are: 3 3/4" tall to shoulder of lid, 3" wide, 2 1/4" deep, measurement to top of middle lid, 4 1/4", inside depth 1".
It is a lovely accessory for a French doll, to hold her beloved jewels. It also would be very pleasing on a vanity table to safe-keep much cherished treasures.
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Gilded Figural Bronze Accessories, Majolica, Engravings, Chocolate Molds