I find this box intriguing. I am a long time collector of French boxes, and the only ones I've seen in this upright form were fitted inside with 2 crystal liqueur decanters for a desk or den bar. This one is not fitted inside so I'm unsure if it was once a tantalus with 2 decanters, perhaps several cordials, or if it might have had some dividers inside and been commissioned made to hold stationery, desk items. Ether seems likely. The upright and large size of the box gives itself over to any number of uses. You'll find one that suits best. What I can assure you of for certain is that it is one of the opulently crafted Napoleon III era cabinet maker's coffrets, exotic burled woods in veneer trimmed out with a stunning marquetry as you can see. Elevated by the original wooden bun feet, as well as by the elegant canted and shaped form. There is a working lock in place, but we haven't got the original key. We'll price without key for now and if we can match one, we'll annotate our listing later.
Very good condition for age and type. A few imperfections on this one. Enough that we can't say excellent. You'l note a small natural imperfection in the wood grain veneer on those deeply arched portions of the top of the box, apparently something in the process of bending the veneer. Not displeasing, as it is a natural aspect of the wood. But bears mention. Likewise, there are a few rough spots on that bottom wooden rim, primarily on the backside of the casket. A small chip or loss to the mother of pearl inlays in the ebony wood there at the back hinge, but otherwise all of those small round mother of pearl inlays shimmer brilliantly even now. A brass pencil edging bottom rim and up top - well, you can look over our images and judge for yourself. A really fine old treasure box.
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