A fabulous chest in lemon wood, I believe, or similar, this one is extra large and would have been either a marriage chest or what is called 'boite a' challs', to house cashmere and the like. The size is immense for a sewing box, though it is possible it might have been one in its origin. The cross-mounted silk ribbons in the interior lid is something we often see in the early sewing boxes and is a way to tuck paper patterns in the cross-overs, as one might do with photos and memento, also. The box is truly a work of ebeniste's art, finest quality and in excellent form and condition. The hardware includes cast bronze paw feet and bouquet arched handle, all still in place and perfectly preserved. The lock appears to work, but we do not have a key to fit it at listing time. We try to have spare keys on hand and if we can match it either with something we have, or some we'll be buying while on buying trip, we'll annotate our listing to show it. Priced without key for now, however. The interior is as pretty as the exterior, and has no tears or holes in the silk, and no stains or odors. Would make a fabulous gift for anyone, male or female, as it is a brilliant tabletop box for display in even the most opulently appointed home or office. Note that it is fully 12.5" long and 9" wide.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. No chips, no cracks, no hairlines or surface abrasions to mar the exquisite beauty, or the historical importance of this 1700s (to 1810 latest) box. Elegant form. Stunningly beautiful wood that has wooden inlay stringing and trim. I have rarely seen a box of this age in this fine condition, and you know I am a box collector, myself. Just stunningly beautiful grain on all that wood. Handle is hinged, can lie flat or will also hold itself upright, which is not always the case. We'll try to locate a key, but at listing time it is without key, sorry.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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