Napoleon III era (c.1850-70) ebeniste's work box, table box or jewelry chest in elegant marquetry of Kingwood. The ebeniste/ebaniste (cabinetry workers) of 19th century France created some of the most outstanding and opulent boxes of any century before or since. These are why I have been a box collector my entire antiques-dealing career. The first antique item I bought for myself was a box, in England, as a graduate student. I still have it. It was simple, nothing grand like this one. But they always hold a promise of some treasure or other within. They beg to be opened, don't they. And things tucked in that are a thrill to discover only increases one's pleasure in owning them. Table boxes such as this one are perfect for desktop or coffee table, buffet or side table. Whether for your needlework, your jewelry, your ribbon-bound stack of love or heritage letters - this one will fill the bill in any form. It's one that shows beautifully with it's rounded edges and that engraved pencil edging in polished brass. Appears to have a working lock but we don't have a working key for it at listing time. I do have a stash of keys and we'll continue to try to match one up. We'll annotate the listing if we locate one, but listing and pricing is observant of it as you see it, no key.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Polished brass escutcheon and pencil edging all in place and nicely preserved without dents or loss. Likewise, the parquet work in veneer of Kingwood is all intact, save one lower corner piece which appears to have been replaced (see images). The interior is lined still in the old original cream silk fabric, and shows age, stains as visible in our photos. I've often re-lined the interiors of boxes, using the old piping. Now that you can just order silk moire fabrics in any color online, it's a much simpler task to re-line one. Others opt to re-line the interior with oil-painted papers which are Italian and can be ordered online, as well. I always prefer staying as close to the original as possible. The box is nice sized at 10.5" x 7.5" and is 3.5" tall when closed.
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