For your pleasure, we offer this wonderful rare Antique Gilt Metal Mexican Baroque style Jewel Trinket cask or box that is very heavy cast metal that proudly boasts baroque detailing and curvaceous beauty. Marked Industria Mexicana, it is from Mexico and would date from 1880-1910. It is a very heavy and substantial piece of superior quality, and I have never found another like it. This type of cask was popular with affluent personages of that leisurely era.
Molten metal was poured into a carved mold to create the components of this lovely gilt box. The mold was very highly detailed with multi-layered deep effects to mirror the carving of scrolling arabesques, serpentine bombe' features and raised decorative cartouche ovals, as well as shells, acanthus leaves, roses and other floral effects in baskets and fringed draperies. The top of the box has a central raised cartouche framed by cascading and scrolled floral designs, roses and shells and arabesques. Each side has a raised central bombe' curved panel of flowers in baskets. Each corner is raised with acanthus motifs and deep scrolls. The legs are in cabriole shape with highly molded aprons on each side. The bottom of the piece is detailed as well, with a molded basketry woven and upholstered effect. The inside of the box is metal, with the top and bottom covered in the original light blue silk grosgrain, a tailored look to compliment the baroque magnificence of the exterior.
The cask is in excellent and sound condition. The original antique gilt patina retains accented areas that shine gleaming gold; the details are still sharp and clear. The hinge to the lid works properly, the legs sit soundly on the table top. It measures approximately: four inches (4") tall (to center top), approximately four and one half inches (4 1/2") deep (front to back), and approximately six inches (6") wide. The interior measures approximately : two inches (2") deep. There are no cracks in the metal.
It is utterly charming with a doll collection, or as a beautiful focal point box on a boudoir table. Please not that International Shipping costs are determined after check out and will be predicated upon sending the item with tracking and insurance.
Any other accessory items used for display are not included in this offering, unless otherwise specified.
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