This exquisite tobacco box has a delicate and detailed incised design on every surface. It dates from the turn of the century and has provenance from the estate of Monsieur "M" in Paris.
The box is formed from a blend of brass, copper and base metals. When combined, these metals produce a heavy, solid piece. Every panel on the entire box is incised with the most delicate of design work. The top and bottom panels have a central cartouche which feature a violin and French horn. A panel of swag-draped windows is placed behind the cartouche; a framing band features small poincons (dots). The band around the lid has alternating arches filled with a half sunburst. In between the arches are column capitals with inner stars and flowers.
The side of the box has alternating Ionic columns with arched niches filled with large urns. The box opens with a fine hinge at the back. The interior has blackened with use and age. There is a lip which is curved which runs to each side of the hings.
It measures 1 5/8" tall, 3 1/4" wide, 1 3/4" deep at the center tapering to 1" on either side. The interior measures 1" deep. It survives in very good antique condition. The hinge is in excellent condition. The design show hardly any wear or loss. There is some gilding loss to the very center of the bottom medallion as is typical with age and use.
It is a lovely and quality piece from a Parisian estate.