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Rare Antique Florentine Carved Wood 9" Desk or Jewelry Box, Amazing Casket with Figural Grotesques & Hidden Compartment
Magnificent & rare antique French or Italian hand carved 9" desk or jewelry box with figural mascarons on gilded wood, large lion's paw feet and hidden compartment in the lid! Very similar to a box we had years ago, I wish my memory was good enough to recall the buyer because I'm sure they'd love to have this treasure! A find from our November Paris buying trip and one of my favorites! We believe this one dates to the late 1700s, most likely Italian or Florentine in origins. Sarcophagus shaping, the entire casket is adorned with ornate hand carved decoration including grotesques in bas relief against a gilded mat on all four sides. The shaped lid also with griffin or grotesque figures carved into the solid wood. The finial, also figural, hides a hidden compartment that slides out to the side! One of the more visually appealing caskets of our trip, one I could not pass by and am sure will find an appreciative home! The best, don't miss it!
Very good condition. There are a few small sections of the raised or bas relief carvings missing from the sides and back. It appears that there was original gilding on the shaped figural lid panels but it has been worn or aged away for the most part. There is also a chip to the front lid corners and on the front left of the slide out hidden compartment lid. The interior appears original with a mirror in the lid and paper lining. See pictures for all measurements.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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