This is a stunning example from the period, dating towards 1870-1880. It originates from Paris.
The box is of wood and has been lacquered in black as was the style of the period. It stands on four gilded brass round feet. The lid has a central copper sculpted mount with a beautiful design of flowers , leaves and buds. The lock mount is also of copper with leaves, branches and tendrils.
The corners have fine gilded brass mounts in the form of rectangular straps. Each strap is engraved with flowers and leaves and has two fine gilded brass studs. The lid is ornamented with four gilded brass straps as well (half of one strap missing at the back lid panel....not really noticeable unless you are looking directly at it). There is a key to the box which is a works.
The lid opens with fine hinges. The inside of the box is covered with silver foiled paper, this is worn through to the wood in many places but is the original interior of the box. There is the original sellers ticket on the bottom panel.
The box is in very good antique condition. There is a small separation at the top left corner of the lid (typical with age and temperature changes), there is scratching to the lacquer as is expected with age and use. The copper and brass can be polished to gleaming, we left this in the condition we found it with the lovely darkened patina. The central copper medallion has two copper pins not present, these can be replaced, we are leaving this decision to the final owner (the medallion is secure without them). The interior is worn with age but original. It measures: 8" across, 5" deep, 5" tall and 3 1/2" deep (interior). The central copper medallion measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/2".
It is a striking box so representative from this lavish era. It is deep enough to hold office smalls or dressing table treasures.
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Gilded Figural Bronze Accessories, Majolica, Engravings, Chocolate Molds