The 19th century excellence of top ebenistes (cabinet makers) of France was on display in the very popular and fairly vase array of decorative boxes. I think the first antique I ever bought was a marquetry box when I was a Grad student in London, long ago. And we used to deal heavily in these stunning fine old 19th century boxes, too, before branching into so many other avenues of the fine arts and antiques we now present. It is with such pleasure I still approach old boxes when on buying trips; there is always the promise of some glorious fitted interior, loads of vanity items or layers of travel necessities or gaming chips. One never knows. And it is with equal pleasure we bring a special bunch of antique French boxes to our customers, all listing today and all sold separately. The final image will help you gauge scale. And if you don't see what you want in this bunch, use search box to find all the most superb antique boxes we already have listed. From huge cashmere shawls or marriage chests, to the small watch box or snuff boxes. Fabulous to collect. I still do!
This one is a Napoleon III jewelry chest or box, very good condition, with a beautifully finished exterior in Kingwood parquet with elaborate sculpted brass trim and a beautiful escutcheon and original key. Add a silk satin lined interior that will suit well for your best jewelry or to display an antique jewelry collection. I display my micro mosaic collection in a box that is similar. But you might want to have it stand open to display portrait miniatures, snuff boxes, whatever small collection you have - sewing items, too. No signature on the lock plate on this one, but it's a fine quality 19th century box. Measurement: 10" x 7.25" x 2.5".
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. No missing brass, no missing veneer, satin-like finish that begs the touch. Working lock and original ornamental key. The interior's original silk satin lining is fully intact, though as you can see, there is a little staining on bottom. I have not tried anything to clean that. It might be easily removed with careful q-tip and water, or perhaps light stain remover, but we're going to leave that decision to our buyer.
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Fine Antique 1800s French Kingwood & Ormolu Jewelry Box, Chest, Lock and Key, Napoleon III
$557 $795 SALE