Fabulous & RARE antique French Napoleon III era 3.5" boulle pocket watch display casket, an elegant box with shell & brass inlay on all sides, beveled glass window and wonderful condition! A place for everything, and everything gloriously in its place - and no excess is too much; that seems to have been the rule of the day. And the day was 1840-70s Napoleon III era, France, the birthplace and time for this superb pocket watch vitrine, or box. Entirely made in fine old hardwood, then veneered in a richly burled maple or walnut over its entirety with an inlaid brass cartouche at the top! Unique canted front with beveled glass window allow for viewing of the time (or timepiece) while the box is closed! A fine example of the era, aesthetic, and immense allure these old pieces represent. Wildly popular in France and abroad, these glorious old cabinetry pieces proliferated in Napoleon III era France, and we reap the benefit of their popularity and appeal still today in those that survive. While on the subject of fine antique boxes, by the way, I MUST mention to you a fabulous reference book by our friend and customer, Genevieve Cummins of Australia. A few years back Genevieve completed her masterpiece of a book, which we received copies of. It's SUPERB! We're pleased to see our own shop noted in many of the pages, and to revisit so many exceptional antique boxes we've had over the years. Some of you who buy antique boxes from us might well see your own in there, as we did share our images often with Genevieve. Be sure to order it. The title is: "ANTIQUE BOXES, Inside and Out", 429 delicious pages of boxes.
This one quite rare, we've only had a handful of boulle pocket watch boxes over our many years in the business. Beautiful and in great shape, age and materials in mind. A treasure, don't miss it!
Very good condition. There is some crazing to the shell and a few small spots of missing shell inlay (very few). The inner rosewood tray is a replacement but fits and works as intended, there is also some fraying and loss to the original silk lining. See pictures for all measurements.
RARE Antique French Napoleon III Era Boulle Pocket Watch Display Casket, Box
$506 $595 SALE